A tweet posted by President Donald Trump claiming that Democrats were trying to “steal” the presidential election was flagged by Twitter as potentially “misleading” information.
Trump posted the tweet on Wednesday morning just before 1 a.m. ET while both presidential candidates were waiting for the election results.
“We’re big in the race, but they’re trying to steal the election,” Trump’s post said. “We will never let them do that. Once the polling stations are closed, no more votes can be cast!
We are big in the race, but they are trying to steal the election. We will never let them do that. After the polling stations close, no more votes can be cast!
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 4, 2020
Shortly after he posted the tweet, Twitter tagged him with a message that read: “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”. Twitter also contained a link to his policy of civic integrity, which states that the platform may not be used “for the purpose of manipulating or interfering in elections or other civic processes.
“We can flag tweets that contain false or misleading information about civic processes and reduce their visibility to provide additional context,” according to Twitter’s policy.
Twitter has flagged several tweets from Trump in recent months for violating its policy. On Monday, the platform marked another tweet from the president, also for alleged violation of his policy of civil integrity. In this case, the tweet claimed that a U.S. Supreme Court decision allowing a vote count after election day in Pennsylvania would allow “rampant and uncontrolled fraud.
The Supreme Court’s decision to vote in Pennsylvania is a VERY dangerous decision. 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!
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 3, 2020
Facebook also featured several posts from Trump on Tuesday and early Wednesday. In a Facebook post posted on Tuesday evening, Trump wrote that his candidacy for re-election “looks good across the country. A few hours later, he wrote the same message on Facebook that Twitter called potentially misleading. For both posts, Facebook added flags that read, “The final results may differ from the initial vote count because the ballot count will take days or weeks to complete”. In these notes, Facebook also provided a link to its Voting Information Center, which contains facts about votes, vote counts and the state of the race between Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.
Washington Newsday asked Trump’s campaign for comments, but did not receive a response in time for publication.
When election day ended without a clear national winner, both candidates made statements on Twitter indicating that their campaigns still saw the race within reach. While the news channels had already called several states for either Biden or Trump, the results in the major battleground states remained in the air in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
With record numbers of early voting reported nationwide, many political experts warned voters that due to the time it takes to count ballots by mail, it could take days to determine who has won the presidency as most states do not allow election officials to begin counting until election day.