Twitter has posted a warning label over an election tweet coming from President Donald Trump’s account, stating that the so-called tweet is “making a potentially misleading claim about an election.”
The tweet in question contains the following message posted by Donald Trump: “We are up BIG, but they are trying to STEAL the election. We will never let them do it. Votes cannot be cast after the Polls are closed!”
Users can check out the label that has replaced the tweet. It can be seen on the President’s Twitter page as well as on the timeline of the user. To view the tweet posted by the President, one needs to click on the ‘View’ link that is present on the label. The warning label reads as follows: ‘Some or all of the content shared in this Tweet is disputed and might be misleading about an election or other civic process.’
If the user is interested to know more regarding what this entire policy is all about, then he can click on the ‘Learn More’ link that is present under the label. When the user clicks on the said link, he is directed to Twitter’s ‘Civic integrity policy’ webpage that gives all the details and guidelines regarding what the policy is all about and under what conditions the rules of this policy would be violated.
Now coming back to the President’s tweet, other Twitter users have been barred from retweeting this post, although they can choose to share it if they wish to via the “Quote Tweet” option.
Not very long after slapping the label on Donald Trump’s controversial tweet, a statement came from the Twitter Safety account stating that they had put a warning label on the President’s tweet as they felt it contained content that could probably be giving out misleading details regarding the elections. Furthermore, it was mentioned that the tweet violated the guidelines of Twitter’s Civic Integrity Policy, hence slapping a warning label was the only available action for this sort of a tweet.
Earlier, the social media platform had stated that it would be slapping such kinds of labels on any such tweets that violate the guidelines of Twitter’s Civic Integrity Policy. Twitter had stated that it would also target those tweets that are found to be posting any information as to who has won the elections before any official announcements. Twitter also plans on labelling those tweets containing any false and irrelevant content related to the elections as well as counting of votes.
Interestingly, Donald Trump has posted the same message on Facebook, as well. In response to the President’s post, Facebook posted a label stating, “final results may be different from initial vote counts, as ballot counting will continue for days or weeks.” Likewise, another post by Trump was also labelled by Facebook. The post read as follows: “I will be making a statement tonight. A big WIN!” Facebook has put a message on that post stating “ballots are still being counted”, making it clear that so far, no winner has been declared. Interestingly, Twitter has not yet labelled that tweet.
The posts coming from Donald Trump are good enough to test whether these social media platforms are in line with their policy guidelines, particularly the election-night policies. Facebook and Twitter have put in a lot of effort to ensure that these kinds of posts are strongly dealt with.
Before this tweet came in, Twitter went ahead and slapped a label on a tweet coming in from Trump’s campaigning team which contained some information about the election results in South Carolina. Both Facebook and Twitter had clearly stated that they would be banning presidential candidates from posting anything related to winning the elections until they are officially declared, or they come directly from the election officials of the state or national news organizations.