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US President Trump gets fact-check warning from Twitter for misleading tweet

Wednesday, May 27, 2020 • Tamil Comments

For the first time ever, Twitter has labelled some of US President Donald Trump's tweets as "potentially misleading" after Trump claimed without any substantial evidence that that mail-in voting system would lead to fraud and a "Rigged Election."

Twitter had posted a link under the respective tweets of Trump that read, "Get the facts about mail-in ballots," which cited reports by CNN, the Washington Post, etc that falsified Trump's statements. Trump's tweets regarding the mail-in ballots read, "There is NO WAY (ZERO!) that Mail-In Ballots will be anything less than substantially fraudulent. Mail boxes will be robbed, ballots will be forged & even illegally printed out & fraudulently signed. The Governor of California is sending Ballots to millions of people, anyone living in the state, no matter who they are or how they got there, will get one. That will be followed up with professionals telling all of these people, many of whom have never even thought of voting before, how, and for whom, to vote. This will be a Rigged Election. No way!"

Twitter's move threw Trump into a fury, leading him to accuse the network of interfering in the 2020 presidential election. "Twitter is now interfering in the 2020 Presidential Election. They are saying my statement on Mail-In Ballots, which will lead to massive corruption and fraud, is incorrect, based on fact-checking by Fake News CNN and the Amazon Washington Post. Twitter is completely stifling FREE SPEECH, and I, as President, will not allow it to happen!" Trump mentioned in his warning post.

Social networking site Facebook, however, had left the same post by Trump untouched, even though Facebook's policy is to remove content that misrepresents methods of voting or voter registration. A Facebook spokesperson reportedly mentioned in a statement, "We believe that people should be able to have a robust debate about the electoral process, which is why we have crafted our policies to focus on misrepresentations that would interfere with the vote."


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