Twitter labeled Trump’s tweets for the first time with fact-checking labels

Twitter labeled Trump's tweets for the first time with fact-checking labels

On Tuesday, the social media company highlighted two of Trump’s tweets that incorrectly claimed that the mail-order vote would lead to widespread voter fraud.

“Find out the facts about voting by mail,” read a message below each tweet. Tied to fact check page the platform had created filled with additional links and summaries of news articles dispelling the assertion.
Twitter said the move was aimed at providing “context” around Trump’s remarks. But Twitter’s unprecedented decision is likely to do so raise additional questions on his willingness to consistently apply the label to other Trump tweets that have been deemed misleading by third parties, particularly since the president has launched unfounded complaints against former representative Joe Scarborough regarding the death of a Congressional staff years does.

Asked by CNN’s Dana Bash on Tuesday if social media companies should act against Trump for pushing conspiracy theories that a critic committed a murder, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said: “I am of the opinion that companies of social media have to re-examine whether or not – for example, if you put out something that says it – that same extravagant thing that the president thinks … they should say that is not true. ”

Twitter said Tuesday that Trump’s correspondence vote tweets did not violate society’s rules because they did not explicitly discourage people from voting. But, the company said, the label offers a context surrounding Trump’s claims.

“These tweets (Here is Here) contain potentially misleading information about the voting process and has been labeled to provide additional context regarding email voting, “Twitter spokeswoman Katie Rosborough told CNN Business in an email.” This decision is in line with the approach we have previously shared this month“.

Rosborough confirmed that this marks the first instances where Twitter has labeled any Trump tweet as misleading.

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The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Twitter did not immediately respond to questions about who had assembled the fact-checking page or whether it had been generated algorithmically.


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