Twitter has taken action against another tweet from U.S. President Donald Trump, this time claiming that the ballots arrived after Election Day were ineligible (“ANY VOTE CAME COME IN AFTER ELECTION DAY WILL WILL WILL NOT BE COUNTED”), an apparent referring to the ongoing counting of postal ballots in some states.
Twitter tagged the tweet as “controversial in some or all of the content shared in the tweet and may be misleading about how to participate in elections or other civic programs.”
State election rules usually allow ballot papers to be delivered after Election Day, but must have a qualified postmark. In addition, a large number of live ballots are still being counted, so discarding late-arriving postal ballots does not require a halt to the ongoing counting of ballots. As in the past, tagged tweets will be restricted from replying to or retweeting, although references to tweets (retweets with comments) will be allowed. In seeking comment, Twitter emphasized its public integrity policy, which allows for restrictions on tweets that “contain false or misleading information about citizen programs.”
“We warned about this tweet because it made potentially misleading claims about the election,” a Twitter representative said in a response to the comments. “This action is in line with our integrity policy, and as a standard of this warning, we will significantly limit our participation in this tweet.”
Meanwhile, Twitter refused to take action against another tweet from Trump, which read only “STOP THE COUNT!” The Twitter site said the tweet did not violate policy. The two messages were also posted on Facebook, which labeled the posts but did not significantly limit their reach. Facebook did not respond to a request for comment.
The overall outcome of the U.S. presidential election remains uncertain, as counting has not yet been completed in Georgia, Nevada, Arizona and Pennsylvania. Mr. Trump has launched several lawsuits against individual states to stop or initiate a recount, but the court has yet to rule on the case.