The microblogging service Twitter has for the first time provided notes on possible inaccurate entries published by US President Donald Trump.
We are talking about two tweets in which Trump criticizes the decision of the California authorities to extend the postal ballot to the elections because of the pandemic. Trump has said it will distort election results. “The mailboxes will be stolen, the ballots will be falsified and even illegally printed and signed fraudulently,” the president wrote.
BREAKING: Twitter is now adding ‘fact checks’ to President Trump’s tweets pic.twitter.com/iXF0LP7H6U
— Jack Posobiec (@JackPosobiec) May 26, 2020
A Twitter spokesperson said the Trump tweets “contain potentially misleading information about the voting process and have been labeled to provide additional context around the ballots.” By clicking on the “Receive ballot information by mail” link, the user accesses a selection of tweets and articles that refute Trump’s statements.
The service’s actions outraged the President, who accused the company of interfering in the election race and stifling freedom of expression. “As president, I will not allow it!” – said Trump.
Recall that in March, Twitter and the social network Facebook described the video published by US President Donald Trump as “manipulative” and “partially false”, respectively. This is a video originally posted by White House media director Dan Scavino, which Donald Trump then shared on Facebook and Twitter. The video was an excerpt from a recording of a speech by former US vice president and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. “We can only re-elect Donald Trump,” said Biden in the video. In fact, this Biden phrase was the result of editing.
The problem of the use of social networks by political figures intensified after the election of Trump as President of the United States. Thus, he is regularly accused of spreading disinformation via his microblog on Twitter. It should also be noted that in recent years Facebook, YouTube and Twitter have been criticized by journalists and the scientific community for failing to take action against famous people who break service rules. In particular, YouTube has been accused of the fact that the service does not delete content that formally respects the rules of video hosting, but can harm society.