Trump's postal-vote tweet misleading, says Twitter


On Friday, the campaign submitted nearly 300 documents to the ACLU purporting to back up the claim, though the ACLU says none of them related to election fraud involving drop boxes or mail-in voting. Other users will be able to quote tweet Trump's post, but they are not able to like, reply or retweet it.

One claim in Trump's lawsuit, filed in June, seeks to outlaw drop boxes or other collection sites that some counties used in the June 2 primary to help gather a record-smashing number of mail-in ballots. "We and our clients want to be sure that every eligible voter has the chance to vote safely in this election, whether they vote by mail or in person at the polls".

He also suggested they would not be "COVID sanitised".

"We placed a public interest notice on this Tweet for violating our Civic Integrity Policy for making misleading health claims that could potentially dissuade people from participation in voting", Twitter wrote over Trump's tweet.

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A surge in postal ballots is expected in the election, due to the coronavirus outbreak. The Lincoln Project, which claims former President Abraham Lincoln as its inspiration, has skewered Trump on social media and in ad campaigns including "Mourning in America", a riff on former President Ronald Reagan's popular 1984 reelection spot "Morning in America".

A follow-up tweet from Twitter Safety notes that the original tweet will be allowed to live on, just with limited engagements. The executive order argued that platforms forfeit their rights to legal protection when they moderate content, as Twitter did when it applied fact-check labels to Trump's tweets.

It's something Twitter and Facebook have had to do before and will no doubt do again in the weeks leading up to polling day, in November.

Twitter took five hours to act, meaning the president's claims accumulated thousands of retweets and "likes" before a label appeared explaining the tweet broke the site's rules on election integrity.