Facebook began displaying warnings in its apps after Donald Trump claimed early victory in the 2020 election.
As the counting of ballots for the U.S. presidential election continues today, the president falsely claimed on Facebook and Twitter that he had won a “big win,” that the opposition was trying to “steal the election,” and that votes could not be cast after the polls closed.
We are BIG, but they are trying to steal the election. We will never let them do that. No votes can be cast after the elections are over!
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 4, 2020
The allegations prompted social media platforms to clarify that the claim was misleading and controversial, rushing to support earlier promises to stop disinformation in elections.
Facebook said in a statement: “When President Trump began making premature claims of victory, we started running top-of-feed notifications on Facebook and Instagram so that everyone knows that the votes are still counted and the winner has not been projected.
It was said that the platform’s internal teams had begun “automatically tagging the entries of both candidates with this information”.
A label on the president’s Facebook post claiming a “big win” reads: “The votes are counted. The winner of the 2020 presidential election has not been predicted”.
An additional note on Trump’s recent Facebook post added: “Final results may differ from the initial count of the votes because the counting of votes will take days or weeks”.
On the rival Twitter platform, which responded to Trump’s false claim of vote theft within minutes of launching the program, a warning message reads: “Some or all of the content disseminated in this Tweet is controversial and could be misleading with respect to an election or other civil society process.
The President said in an early morning speech from the White House today that the election results were a “fraud” and were falsely claimed to have won despite ongoing counts.
“We were about to win everything, and suddenly the election was simply cancelled,” he said. “We are going to the U.S. Supreme Court, we want all votes stopped”.