President Donald Trump’s claims that mail in voting will be “substantially fraudulent” earned a fact check link from Twitter for the first time.
The platform placed the link below a serious of tweets that criticized the state of California for moving to mail-in voting. He has targeted other states as well.
His tweets now include a a message to “get the facts about mail-in ballots.” It then directs users to news articles analyzing Trump’s unsubstantiated claims about widespread voter fraud.
A Twitter spokesperson said, “These Tweets contain potentially misleading information about voting processes and have been labeled to provide additional context around mail-in ballots. This decision is in line with the approach we shared earlier this month.”
Twitter recently outlined a series of steps it has taken to flag misinformation about the coronavirus, including issuing labels for tweets that contain misinformation or disputed claims.
“Moving forward, we may use these labels and warning messages to provide additional explanations or clarifications in situations where the risks of harm associated with a Tweet are less severe but where people may still be confused or misled by the content,” wrote Twitter’s Yoel Roth and Nick Pickles. “This will make it easier to find facts and make informed decisions about what people see on Twitter.”
The platform’s action came on the same day that the widower of Lori Klausutis, a former aide to Joe Scarborough who died in 2001, called on Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to remove Trump’s tweets claiming that there is a mystery surrounding her death.
Twitter’s decision to label the tweets drew immediate criticism from Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr., who wrote, “So is @Twitter going to start censoring & fact-checking all the numerous blue check mark “journalists” & leftwing activists who falsely claimed that the Trump campaign colluded with the Russian government & that @realDonaldTrump is a “puppet” of Putin for the past 4 years?”
A screen shot of the fact-check label is below:
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