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Twitter fact-checks Trump’s tweets for first time

  • Washington PostTwitter labels Trump’s tweets with a fact check for the first time – The action comes after years of criticism that social media companies have allowed the president to push misinformation unchecked… But Trump has made dozens of false claims on social media, particularly on his preferred medium of Twitter, and has also attacked people in ways that critics have argued could violate company policies on harassment and bullying. For example, Twitter’s actions come on a day when Twitter was facing a barrage of criticism over another set of Trump tweets. Earlier on Tuesday, the widower of a former staffer to Joe Scarborough asked Twitter chief executive officer Jack Dorsey to delete tweets by President Trump furthering a baseless conspiracy theory about the staffer’s wife’s death. Those tweets are still up, a reflection of an approach to policing content that can appear inconsistent even as the companies have stepped up their enforcement. The company is debating whether to take action on the Scarborough tweets, said a person familiar with the discussions…”
  • The New York TimesTwitter Refutes Inaccuracies in Trump’s Tweets About Mail-In Voting “Twitter added a link to two of President Trump’s tweets in which he had made false claims about mail-in ballots, urging people to “get the facts.”…Joan Donovan, research director at Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center, who studies disinformation. “If world leaders are not kept to the same standard as everyone else, they wield more power to harass, defame and silence others.”…
  • Twitter: “Trump makes unsubstantiated claim that mail-in ballots will lead to voter fraud – What you need to know – Trump falsely claimed that mail-in ballots would lead to “a Rigged Election.” However, fact-checkers say there is no evidence that mail-in ballots are linked to voter fraud. – Trump falsely claimed that California will send mail-in ballots to “anyone living in the state, no matter who they are or how they got there.” In fact, only registered voters will receive ballots. – Though Trump targeted California, mail-in ballots are already used in some states, including Oregon, Utah and Nebraska…
  • Twitter spokesperson: “We are deeply sorry about the pain these statements, and the attention they are drawing, are causing the family.” But Twitter’s statement belies the fact they have taken no action to prevent the posting of similar statements from him moving forward.
  • Axios: “The big picture: A Twitter spokesperson said two of Trump’s tweets “contain potentially misleading information about voting processes and have been labeled to provide additional context around mail-in ballots.” The label- accompanied by an ! [explanation point] uses this linked text Get the facts about mail-in ballots. It does not label Trump’s tweets as erroneous, wrong or apply any other definition that would describe the tweet i.e.,  incorrect, faulty, inaccurate, invalid…Via Twitter – the following series of links that state the facts respective to mail-in ballots: “Trump makes unsubstantiated claim that mail-in ballots will lead to voter fraud. On Tuesday, President Trump made a series of claims about potential voter fraud after California Governor Gavin Newsom announced an effort to expand mail-in voting in California during the COVID-19 pandemic. These claims are unsubstantiated, according to CNN, Washington Post and others. Experts say mail-in ballots are very rarely linked to voter fraud.
  • Update – BloombergTrump Threatens to Shut Social Media Companies After Twitter Fact Check
  • EngadgetTwitter’s first fact-check of Trump was a gutless one – It was the bare minimum it could do.

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