Twitter said Thursday local time that it labeled two of President Trump’s tweets “encouraging people to vote twice” because they violated the site’s rules on civil integrity and elections,media reported. “When an individual chooses to vote in person, the laws that invalidate postal ballots are complex and vary widely from state to state,” the Twitter post read. Our goal is to prevent people from sharing proposals for two votes, which may be illegal. “
In both tweets, Mr. Trump said voters should send their ballots as soon as possible and “go to your polling place to see if your voting mail has been counted.” “
Twitter tagged the tweets to tell users that the president’s tweets violated the company’s rules, but they were retained in the public interest.
The move suggests that Twitter has taken a more aggressive stance against false information posted by politicians ahead of the US presidential election. Twitter has previously pointed out that several of Trump’s tweets violate other rules, including opposition to beautifying violence. Mr. Trump has accused Twitter and other social networks of censoring conservative rhetoric and political bias, which he has repeatedly denied. Tensions between Trump and Twitter escalated in late May after the president signed an executive order. The order is intended to reduce legal protections that protect Facebook, Twitter and other Internet companies from liability for content posted by their users. The Center for Democracy and Technology, a nonprofit organization, sued the Trump administration, saying the order violated the First Amendment.
The Trump administration did not immediately respond to a request for comment. White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany told Fox News that Trump is not encouraging voters to break the law, but “he made it very clear that you have to make sure that your (mail) vote is on a form, if not separately.” “
Karen Brinson Bell, executive director of the North Carolina Board of Elections, said in a statement that voting twice in an election is illegal, but voters can check online whether their postal ballots are absent.
Mr. Trump is understood to have made the same remarks on Facebook.