Aug 24, 2020

Trump's postal-vote tweet misleading, says Twitter

Twitter has hidden a tweet by Donald Trump for containing "Misleading claims" that could "Dissuade voters" ahead of the November election. The US president tweeted on Sunday postal voting could encourage fraud and puts users at risk of contracting coronavirus. The social-media giant later put a warning on the tweet, and said: "We placed a public interest notice on this tweet for violating our civic-integrity policy for making misleading health claims that could potentially dissuade people from participation in voting." In May, Twitter flagged a tweet by President Trump for the first time, for glorifying violence. Twitter took five hours to act, meaning the president's claims accumulated thousands of retweets and "Likes" before a label appeared explaining the tweet broke the site's rules on election integrity.

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