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Twitter labels Donald Trump tweets with a fact check for the first time

Washington: For the primary time, Twitter put a warning label underneath two posts by Donald Trump, prompting the US president to accuse the favored social media platform of “interfering” within the presidential election scheduled in November.

Twitter highlighted two of Trump’s tweets on Tuesday that falsely claimed mail-in ballots would result in widespread voter fraud within the elections, appending a message the social media big has launched just lately to struggle misinformation or unverified claims.

“There is NO WAY (ZERO!) that Main-in Ballots will be anything less than substantially fraudulent. Mail boxes will be robbed, ballots will be forged & even illegally printed out & fraudulently signed. The Governor of California is sending Ballots to millions of people, anyone…..,” Trump tweeted.

Twitter’s notification shows a blue exclamation mark beneath the 2 tweets, suggesting readers “get the facts about mail-in ballots”.

Trump, who has some 80 million followers on Twitter, responded by tweeting once more, saying the social media firm “is completely stifling free speech”.

“Twitter is now interfering in the 2020 Presidential Election. They are saying my statement on Mail-In Ballots, which will lead to massive corruption and fraud, is incorrect, based on fact-checking by Fake News CNN and the Amazon Washington Post….,” a visibly upset Trump tweeted.

“Twitter is completely stifling FREE SPEECH, and I, as President, will not allow it to happen!” he stated in one other tweet.

Trump, a Republican, searching for reelection within the November three presidential election, has been tweeting a number of occasions in regards to the mail-in ballots in current days. He has been accusing California, Michigan and different states dominated by the Democrats of enabling voter fraud by distributing the mail-in ballots throughout the raging coronavirus pandemic within the nation that has killed over 98,000 folks and contaminated over 1.6 million folks.

Twitter had pledged to extend the warning labels underneath false or deceptive data on its platform – but it surely has been sluggish to take steps in opposition to the US president who has been utilizing the positioning each day, even to sack his high officers. Trump has additionally used Twitter as a platform to select fights with different politicians and celebrities.

“Twitter has placed a fact-checking warning on a tweet issued by President Trump in which he claims without evidence that mail-in ballots are fraudulent,” the Nationwide Public Radio reported.

Twitter spokesman Trenton Kennedy advised the NPR that whereas the tweet about mail-in voting doesn’t violate Twitter’s guidelines since “it does not directly try to dissuade people from voting,” it does include “misleading information about the voting process, specifically mail-in ballots.”

The Trump Marketing campaign alleged that Twitter was interfering with the president getting his message by means of to American voters.

“We always knew that Silicon Valley would pull out all the stops to obstruct and interfere with President Trump getting his message through to voters,” Brad Parscale, Trump 2020 marketing campaign supervisor stated.

“Partnering with the biased fake news media ‘fact checkers’ is only a smoke screen Twitter is using to try to lend their obvious political tactics some false credibility. There are many reasons the Trump campaign pulled all our advertising from Twitter months ago, and their clear political bias is one of them,” Parscale stated in a press release.

In a current opinion survey performed by the Pew Analysis Heart, 66 per cent of People stated they’d not be comfy going to a polling place to forged their poll throughout the present coronavirus outbreak.

Such public considerations have elevated stress on some states to increase the provision of mail-in ballots for all voters as a part of the efforts to minimise the danger of viral publicity from in-person voting.

(PTI)

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