Twitter has fought back against Trump supporters who are redividing a post that was previously denounced for potentially misleading election claims.
The social network today placed a reference to a tweet from the president, who falsely implied that he was “up big” and accused his opponents of trying to “steal” the election, prompting Trump supporters to redistribute the post word for word.
A Twitter spokesperson e-mailed Washington Newsday today, telling it that the platform had “tagged” “a series” of tweets that re-distributed the president’s allegations. Critics of this move accused the platform, led by Jack Dorsey, of repression and censorship.
“Everyone must tweet what [Donald Trump] has done before he is suppressed by Twitter. Copy his tweet and paste it in,” wrote Raheem Kassam, co-host of the “War Room” podcast, a show hosted by former Trump consultant Steve Bannon.
Kassam’s post has now been hidden from Twitter using the same hint that was posted in the President’s update. “Some or all of the content shared in this Tweet is controversial and could be misleading in relation to an election or other civil process,” it says.
Trump’s marked allegations were also posted verbatim by John Dennis, the leader of the San Francisco Republican Party, Republican doctor and activist Milton Wolf, the highly acclaimed Veteran For Trump report, and RSBNetwork, a Trump broadcast project.
Although Dennis’s post was not removed or covered, a disclosure was added to the update that read: “Official sources may not have mentioned the race when this was tweeted.
Everyone needs to tweet what @realDonaldTrump did before being suppressed by Twitter. Copy and paste his tweet:
Trump: “We’re big in the game, but they’re trying to steal the election. We will never let them do that. After the polling stations close, no more votes can be cast!
– Raheem Kassam (@RaheemKassam) November 4, 2020
Trumpf: “We are big in the coming, but they are trying to steal the election. We will never let that happen. After the polling stations close, no more votes can be cast!
RT. And please follow [email protected]
– John Dennis (@RealJohnDennis) November 4, 2020
As the counting of ballots continues, Trump’s baseless claim that his opponents are trying to “steal the election” was also used in a campaign e-mail sent out today.
Trump’s early morning team message here. They are in the process of “stealing” the election to enter the pantheon of Trump’s rallying calls that have been taken over by his supporters. pic.twitter.com/qSfJnR6Ajt
– Cordelia Lynch (@CordeliaSkyNews) November 4, 2020
When a Twitter spokesman was asked to clarify his position regarding the re-publication of Trump’s policy-breaking allegations through unrelated accounts, he sent Washington Newsday the same statement previously released to explain why the President’s post was flagged.
“We put a warning on this tweet because he made a potentially misleading claim about an election. This action is in line with our policy of civic integrity, and as is customary with this warning, we will significantly reduce our exposure on this tweet,” it said.
The Civic Integrity Policy, updated last month, states that it is against the rules of Twitter to use the social network “for the purpose of election rigging or interference.
The Twitter rules explain this: “This includes posting or sharing content that may suppress participation or mislead people about when, where or how to participate in a civic process. We can flag tweets that contain false or misleading information about civil society processes and reduce their visibility to provide additional context.
Following Twitter’s trump card announcement, Facebook confirmed that it has taken action even after the early victory of the president in the 2020 election.
A spokesperson said this in a statement emailed to Washington Newsday today: “We’ve started running top-of-feed notifications on Facebook and Instagram so that everyone knows that votes are still counted and the winner is not yet known. We have also started to automatically tag the entries of both candidates with this information”.