Donald Trump and Twitter, it is a long and love story. And it is not going to stop. The social network comes for the first time to report a tweet from the us president as misleading. The american giant has added Tuesday a "check the facts" to two posts of Donald Trump who claimed that the voting by correspondence was necessarily " fraudulent ".
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" These tweets contain information of potentially misleading information about the voting process and have been reported to provide additional context on the vote by correspondence. This decision was taken in agreement with the approach that we have presented earlier this month ", explained a spokesperson of the platform.
There is NO WAY (ZERO!) that Mail-In Ballots will be anything less than substantially fraudulent. Mail boxes will be robbed, the bundles will be forged & even illegally printed out & fraudulently signed. The Governor of California is sending Ballots to millions of people, anyone.....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 26, 2020
Twitter wants to fight against fake news
two weeks ago, Twitter has strengthened its rules to combat the misinformation about the pandemic, by expanding the types of messages that can be reported to the users as potentially "misleading" or " controversial ". This is the first time that Twitter enforces its rules on the american president.
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" there is NO WAY (ZERO !) the vote by correspondence is another thing that substantially fraudulent " tweeted the american president. "The governor of California is in the process of sending ballots to millions of people. All those who live in the State, no matter who they are or how they got there, will receive. Then the professionals are going to tell them, to these people, many of whom have never even thought to vote before, how and for whom to vote. This will be a rigged election ", he continued.
Under these two tweets is now displayed the words " Get the facts on the vote by correspondence ", which refers to a summary of the facts and published articles in the american press to restore the truth (for example, the fact that California is not sending ballots to registered voters and not all the inhabitants of the State).
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The networks are regularly accused to apply policies to two weights two measures in their fight against the misinformation. Facebook, in particular, has taken the controversial decision not to submit to the "fact-checking" by a third party (verification of the facts) that the remarks made by political figures.
Twitter, for its part, has addressed part of the problem by prohibiting advertisements of a political nature. But that didn't stop Donald Trump from continuing to tweet a lot about the topics, often peremptory and challenged. Depending on the hazard potential of the messages and the type of problems that they raise (information not audited, contested or misleading), the moderators of Twitter are able to respond with warnings or warnings, or even go up to the withdrawal in the worst case (misleading and dangerous).