U.S. President Donald Trump speaks about negotiations with pharmaceutical firms over the price of insulin for U.S. seniors on Medicare at an occasion in the Rose Garden at the White House throughout the coronavirus illness (COVID-19) outbreak in Washington, U.S. May 26, 2020. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Twitter on Tuesday for the first time prompted readers to verify the details in tweets despatched by U.S. President Donald Trump, warning his claims about mail-in ballots have been false and had been debunked by truth checkers.
The blue exclamation mark notification prompted readers to “get the facts about mail-in ballots” and directed them to a web page with information articles and details about the claims aggregated by Twitter staffers.
Trump, who has greater than 80 million followers on Twitter, had claimed in tweets earlier in the day that mail-in ballots could be “substantially fraudulent” and lead to a “rigged election.” He additionally singled out the governor of California over the subject, though the state shouldn’t be the just one to make use of mail-in ballots.
“Trump makes unsubstantiated claim that mail-in ballots will lead to voter fraud,” stated a headline at the prime of the web page, adopted by a “what you need to know” part correcting three false or deceptive claims made in the tweets.
Twitter confirmed this was the first time it had utilized a fact-checking label to a tweet by the president, in an extension of its new “misleading information” coverage launched this month to fight misinformation about the coronavirus.
The firm stated at the time it might later lengthen the coverage on disputed or deceptive details about COVID-19 to different matters.
“We always knew that Silicon Valley would pull out all the stops to obstruct and interfere with President Trump getting his message through to voters,” stated Trump marketing campaign supervisor Brad Parscale.
Twitter’s fact-checking notification got here hours after the social community declined to take motion on tweets Trump despatched about the 2001 demise of a former congressional employees member, after her widower requested the firm to take away them for furthering false claims.
A Twitter spokesman instructed Reuters that the distinction was that the later Trump tweets have been associated to election integrity.
Reporting by Katie Paul and Elizabeth Culliford; Editing by Leslie Adler, Howard Goller and Cynthia Osterman