Twitter flagged a post by President Donald Trump on Monday and added a disclaimer saying that the content of the message was “controversial” and potentially misleading.
“The Supreme Court decision on the Pennsylvania vote is a VERY dangerous decision,” Trump twittered on the eve of the election. “It will allow rampant and uncontrolled fraud and undermine our entire judicial system. It will also lead to violence on the streets. Something must be done!”
The social media company responded by warning users that “some or all of the content distributed in this Tweet is controversial and could be misleading in relation to an election or other civil process”. The disclaimer included a link to a Twitter thread about mail-in voting security.
Twitter also prevented users from liking or responding to Trump’s post. The company claimed to have done so because it was trying to “prevent a tweet like this, which otherwise violates Twitter rules, from reaching more people.
Trump’s tweet referred to a recent 4-to-4 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that allows officials in Pennsylvania – a battleground state in 2020 that could determine the outcome of the election – to count mail ballots received up to three days after election day.
This is an evolving story and will be updated as more information becomes available.