Twitter has issued warnings to several relatives and associates of President Donald Trump as it continues to fight election disinformation.
Since Friday, the social media platform has been covering up postings on the accounts of Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, his sons Eric and Donald Trump Jr., the official site of his election campaign and that of Jason Miller, a senior consultant for the 2020 effort.
In any case, the website warns users: “Some or all of the content shared in this tweet is controversial and could be misleading about an election or other civil process.
It is said that the posts have violated a policy of civic integrity aimed at monitoring interference and manipulation in elections, including updates that could mislead people.
The president’s own Twitter account is currently littered with warning flags, including a posting claiming that he “easily” won the presidency because of the “legal election process. In a second post Trump accused the platform of being “out of control”.
“The OBSERVERS were in no way allowed to do their job, and therefore the votes cast during this period must be considered ILLEGAL VOTES. The United States Supreme Court should decide,” was Trump’s last unfounded opinion.
Seven of the President’s last 16 tweets sent in the last 24 hours have been flagged, and the Twitter moderation system has responded quickly to his new posts.
Giuliani’s flagged tweets spread the Trump administration’s unproven claim that Democratic opponents were cheating when the ballots were counted.
“Since the GOP held the Senate and won in the House of Representatives, it is clear that [President Trump] won. This election fraud is obvious and a disgrace to our reputation around the world,” Giuliani said before claiming, “DEMOCRAT HACK CHEATING!
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Projections indicate that Joe Biden is on his way to the White House, with 264 votes for Trump’s 214th, with votes still counted in several states.
The president said earlier that his political rivals were trying to “steal the election”, comments that also triggered moderation on his Facebook account.
On Thursday, Twitter restricted a post by Eric Trump with the caption: “Yes, the Democrats are trying to steal the election in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania”.
And a post from Trump Jr. was labeled after he claimed that the President should “go to total war over this election” because it was “the best thing for America’s future.
The president’s own campaign was not exempt either, with several tweets covered up that contained excerpts from a press conference Trump held yesterday.
In one of them, Trump accused the Democrats of sending “millions of unsolicited ballots without any verification measures. In another tweet, Trump called Detroit and Philadelphia “politically corrupt” and said they “cannot be responsible for deciding the outcome of this race.
Jason Miller, Trump’s senior advisor for Trump’s 2020 campaign, was also branded by Twitter after claiming that “numerous examples of fraud have come to light,” including dead votes, unsolicited ballots and “legally cast ballots that don’t count.
The wave of misinformation labels came when the website run by Jack Dorsey permanently blocked an account linked to former Trump consultant Steve Bannon.
The profile, linked to his “War Room: Pandemic” podcast, was removed yesterday when video footage was posted on Twitter suggesting that top scientist Anthony Fauci and FBI Director Christopher Wray were to be beheaded.
YouTube has removed the podcast episode in question for violating his policy of incitement to violence.