Twitter does something it’s never done — fact checks Trump

President says that move stifles the freedom of speech: 'I will not allow it to happen!'

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U.S. President Donald Trump listens to questions from reporters following a meeting of his coronavirus task force in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Social media giant, Twitter, is finally beginning to hold President Donald Trump accountable for false and misleading posts. 

The president posted two tweets that claimed that mail-in voting will result in a “rigged election.” 

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There is NO WAY (ZERO!) that Mail-In Ballots will be anything less than substantially fraudulent,” he wrote. He went on to claim that mailboxes will be robbed, and ballots forged.

He even implied that illegal aliens would be allowed to vote and that “professionals” will tell people how and who to vote for. 

For the first time, the president’s favorite pulpit added a caveat to the two tweets.

The message, “Get the facts about mail-in ballots” was added to the bottom of each post. It links to another page with multiple articles and posts that explain that Trump’s claims about mail-in voting fraud are unsubstantiated. 

Twitter Fact Checks
Twitter Fact Checks

Twitter says that the feature is meant to add context to the president’s tweets. He, however, says that the move amounts to “stifling free speech,” and accused them of “interfering” in the 2020 election. 

“I, as President, will not allow it to happen!” he wrote. 

The social media company released a statement earlier this month that they were taking new action to address misleading information. The move was initially launched to combat misinformation around the coronavirus pandemic. However, the company expanded the policy to “provide additional explanations or clarifications in situations where the risks of harm associated with a Tweet are less severe but where people may still be confused or misled by the content.”

There are both supporters and detractors of the action. Some have thanked Twitter for taking the action, while others accuse the platform of trying to limit “the truth.”

It is likely that the platform will take action against the president again.

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Trump tweets multiple times a day, often making a number of unsubstantiated claims including against former president, Barack Obama. Recently, he has been tweeting about former congressman and current MSNBC Morning Joe host, Joe Scarborough

Trump, and his son Donald Jr., have implied that Scarborough was involved in the death of a former staff member, Lori Klausutis. Her widower, Timothy, sent a lengthy letter to Jack Dorsey, the president of Twitter, imploring him to delete the tweets stating his wife died of an unidentified heart condition and that the president is compounding their family’s grief.