Trump accuse Twitter of interfering in the 2020 election

May 28, 2020 - 8:00 am

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg criticized Twitter's decision to fact-check President Trump's tweets about mail-in voting. 

Citing the platform's "Civic Integrity Policy," Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey explained that Trump's tweets "may mislead people into thinking they don’t need to register to get a ballot (only registered voters receive ballots)," adding that "We’re updating the link on @realDonaldTrump’s tweet to make this more clear."

The link, which relies on The Washington Post and CNN as "fact-checkers," was updated with tweets from the "Twitter Safety" account, which read, "We added a label to two @realDonaldTrump Tweets about California’s vote-by-mail plans as part of our efforts to enforce our civic integrity policy. We believe those Tweets could confuse voters about what they need to do to receive a ballot and participate in the election process," also adding, "We also wanted to provide additional context and conversation with regard to voter fraud and mail-in ballots. We have a range of remediations, and in some cases we add labels that link to more context."

Dorsey's tweets were criticized by conservatives, slamming him for not taking stronger action against Chinese propaganda that has spread on the platform during the coronavirus outbreak.

President Trump accused Twitter of interfering in the 2020 election and stifling free speech, though critics say a private company's decisions over what it allows on its platform does not violate First Amendment rights. Trump is set to unveil an executive action in response to Twitter's action. 

Twitter's new warning label was issued even though a Twitter spokesperson acknowledged to Fox News that Trump's tweet had not broken any of the platform's rules, and even though several experts have called mail-in balloting an invitation to widespread fraud.

"Absentee ballots remain the largest source of potential voter fraud," that was the conclusion of a bipartisan 2005 report authored by the Commission on Federal Election Reform, which was chaired by former President Jimmy Carter and former Secretary of State James Baker.

The warning label prompted conservatives to again condemn Twitter for what they have called its apparent left-wing bias: Just two months ago, Twitter flagged a video uploaded by the Trump campaign as "manipulated media," only to rebuff the campaign's efforts to have the platform flag a similar video uploaded by the Biden team.

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