Despite key victories in several states, Mr. Trump did not declare victory early on election night, as social media companies feared — but he did grow the gloom of voter fraud without any basis, according tomedia reports. Mr. Trump is understood to have tweeted that his rival Democrats were trying to “steal” the election.
Twitter was quick to take action, adding an error message tag after warning about the tweet. The company explained its move on Twitter — the president’s message contained “potentially misleading statements about the election.”
While Mr. Trump’s language is ambiguous, the president appears to have once again attacked the integrity of the postal ballot. Since postal ballots are expected to be slow in some states, they can have a significant impact on the outcome of the election.
This year’s election has seen a huge increase in the proportion of postal votes due to the new crown outbreak, and the results on election night 2020 are expected to be more vague than in previous years – at least for now.
In the months to November, social media companies have begun to develop new policies for the unusual and worrying mis-information ecosystem of the 2020 election. Twitter also said in a policy statement in September that it would remove or label any tweets that incite illegal activity, threaten the transfer of power or orderly succession. While tweets restricted by Twitter can still be posted online, users must click on a warning message before they can view the content. Restricted tweets also disable retweets, likes, and comments, which can help reduce the reach of the message.
On Facebook, where Trump’s Twitter feed was retweeted, his message was also tagged with a reminder. The tab reminds users that as the number of votes increases, the results on election night may differ from the final results.
The company also released another late-night statement from Trump saying, “I’m going to make a statement tonight!” About a major victory! “A similar tag was posted on the post.