Twitter is removing the wrong tweets that suggest voters can vote after November 3, which it says violate the social platform’s rules,media CNET reported. On Tuesday morning, local time, as Americans began voting between Republican President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, there was fake news on Twitter that voters could vote on November 4th, depending on their party.
In fact, the vote will close on Tuesday (November 3).
CNET found that 24 tweets claimed that Republicans or Democrats could vote on Wednesday. It was not immediately clear whether the tweets were a joke or a deliberate attempt to deceive voters. Asked if there were exceptions to Twitter’s anti-voter suppression rules for satirical remarks, a company spokesman said Twitter would remove tweets that violated the rules. The company would not say how many such tweets had been deleted, but some of them still exist online.
Clearly, Twitter isn’t the only social media platform dealing with fake voting deadlines. Facebook’s Instagram account said that on Tuesday, local time, some users saw a message that read, “Tomorrow (Wednesday) is Election Day.” The message was actually released on Monday and would have existed in the app’s cache if “a small number of people” hadn’t restarted the app.