Twitter has restricted tweets from Mike Roman, Mr. Trump’s campaign manager on Election Day, and others, according tomedia reports. The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office (DAO) complained to New York Times reporter Nick Corasaniti that “false information spreading online has led to more calls to the election task force hotline than to actual incidents at polling stations.” “
Roman is understood to have released a video showing a Philadelphia woman casting multiple ballot papers at the ballot box and claiming that Democrats were “trying to steal the election results in daylight.” But Philadelphia DAO spokeswoman Jane Roh noted that voters can legally deliver ballots on behalf of disabled voters, adding that “whatever these documents are” they are twice as big as official postal ballots.
Twitter added a warning hashtag to the tweet, saying some or all of the content shared in the tweet was controversial and could mislead elections or other civic programs. Twitter also limits users’ ability to retweet or reply to the tweet.
On Twitter, the Philadelphia DAO also said it investigated another allegation of misconduct by Roman, concluding that the tweet was “deliberate deception.” Twitter added a generic hashtag to three of Roman’s tweets to reference its citizens’ integrity policy.
Roman, a veteran political campaigner, helped organize an “army” of voting observers to capture alleged voting fraud on behalf of President Donald Trump. His restricted tweets were retweeted by Eric Trump and other campaign members.
Twitter’s moderate policy department is understood to have been actively preparing for the election, with a flood of high-risk miscinformed messages expected to follow. In September, the platform expanded its rules on false information, including the premature announcement of an election victory. In the week before Election Day, Twitter also launched an anti-misleading banner aimed at pre-emptionly addressing topics that could be misleading about the election.