It is no secret that when it comes to sharing news, Donald Trump‘s platform of choice isn’t a national press conference and is instead passive aggressive posts on Twitter. Whether it was about the impeachment or global pandemic, Trump’s tweets are wild and not always factually correct. Twitter has long been criticised for not policing information shared by its users, but in a new move, the social media platform is finally doing something about it.
The response was seen on two Donald Trump tweets made in the past 24 hours where the President claimed that mail-in ballots are fraudulent. “There is NO WAY (ZERO!) that Mail-In Ballots will be anything less than substantially fraudulent. Mail boxes will be robbed, ballots will be forged & even illegally printed out & fraudulently signed. The Governor of California is sending Ballots to millions of people, anyone…..” Trump posted to Twitter overnight.
At the bottom of the tweet, a link stating “Get the facts about mail-in ballots” directs users to news articles on Twitter with the correct information.
There is NO WAY (ZERO!) that Mail-In Ballots will be anything less than substantially fraudulent. Mail boxes will be robbed, ballots will be forged & even illegally printed out & fraudulently signed. The Governor of California is sending Ballots to millions of people, anyone…..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 26, 2020
Of course, the move from Twitter caused backlash by Donald Trump where he said, Twitter “is now interfering in the 2020 Presidential Election. They are saying my statement on Mail-In Ballots, which will lead to massive corruption and fraud, is incorrect, based on fact-checking by Fake News CNN and the Amazon Washington Post.”
Tech rival Facebook has implemented a large scale fact-checking service in recent years and fake news is quickly flagged and deleted. This includes blatant click bait. However whilst the same tweet was posted to Facebook, the service has in fact no plans to remove it. “We believe that people should be able to have a robust debate about the electoral process, which is why we have crafted our policies to focus on misrepresentations that would interfere with the vote,” Facebook spokesperson Andy Stone said, reported by the Washington Post.
Will this curb the President’s Twitter usage? Probably not, but at least it will lead to factual information for the public.