With key wins notched in just a few states, Trump didn’t declare victory prematurely on election evening as social media corporations feared — however he did baselessly increase the specter of voter fraud.
“We are up BIG, but they are trying to STEAL the Election,” Trump tweeted. “We will never let them do it. Votes cannot be cast after the Polls are closed!”
Twitter took motion in opposition to the tweet shortly, inserting it behind a warning and including a misinformation label. The corporate defined its actions in a tweet, stating that the president’s message contained a “potentially misleading claim about an election.”
Whereas Trump’s wording is left a bit ambiguous, the president once more seems to be attacking the integrity of vote-by-mail ballots. With mail-in ballots anticipated to return in slowly in some states, lagging votes could play a giant half within the election final result. That state of affairs was anticipated and doesn’t increase any issues over the integrity of vote tallying.
As a result of an enormous spike in mail-in voting associated to the pandemic, outcomes have been anticipated to be extra ambiguous on election evening in 2020 than in previous years and up to now that’s confirmed true. Social media corporations started crafting new insurance policies for the bizarre circumstances of the 2020 election and its worrisome misinformation ecosystem within the months main as much as November.
Twitter additionally stated in a September policy announcement that it will take away or label any tweets that incite illegal exercise and threaten a “peaceful transfer of power or orderly succession.” Whereas tweets that Twitter restricts stay on-line, they’re positioned behind a warning message that customers should first click on via with a view to view their content material. Restricted tweets even have their retweets, likes and feedback disabled, lowering their attain.
On Facebook, the place a lot of Trump’s Twitter content material is reposted, his message earned a label reminding customers that election evening outcomes and remaining outcomes could differ as extra ballots are counted.
Fb beforehand stated it deliberate to label any posts claiming untimely victory with an informational message pointing customers to official election outcomes. The corporate attached an identical label to a different late evening Trump put up declaring “I will be making a statement tonight. A big WIN!”