Twitter has reported at least eight Trump tweets for misinformation and other violations since May
Twitter has reported at least eight of President Donald Trump’s tweets over the past three and a half months, alerting users of the social media platform to misleading or manipulated information as well as posts that violate civic integrity and policies abuse. Additionally, tweets have been deleted for copyright infringements and misleading claims about COVID-19 treatments.
“This Tweet violated Twitter’s rules regarding civic elections and integrity. However, Twitter has determined that it may be in the public interest for the Tweet to remain accessible,” read a post attached to several recent posts shared by the president, each linked to the mailed ballots and the upcoming general election.
The latest round of tweets to justify the social platform’s warning messages arrived early last week. Trump, who vehemently opposes policies that allow voters to receive ballots by mail without submitting an absence request, issued an message chain on September 3, asking people to go to their local polling stations after voting by mail. If election officials do not confirm that the postal votes have already been counted, the president has suggested voting again. If they were counted, “you will not be able to vote and the email system was working properly,” he wrote.
Twitter flagged two of the thread’s three posts for civic integrity violations. The platform civic integrity policy prohibits users from sharing tweets that manipulate or interfere with civic processes, including elections.
“This includes posting or sharing content that may remove participation or mislead people about when, where and how to participate in a civic process,” the policy says.
Twitter attached the same alert notice to a tweet from August 23 by Trump who claimed that mail collection boxes “allow one person to vote multiple times.” The tweet also suggested that the collection boxes are not “cleaned by COVID”. Twitter explained its decision to report this tweet in a post shared the same day. He called Trump’s health claims “misleading” and pointed to their potential to “deter people from participating in the vote.”
Twitter started tag Trump’s tweets in the spring, as concerns about in-person voting during the pandemic prompted state leaders to expand access to postal ballots with Election Day in mind. California Governor Gavin Newsom initially announced his state’s plan to do so in May, promptly prompting a series of unsubstantiated claims – shared on Twitter by Trump – about how expanding voting procedures by correspondence would lead to fraudulent election results.
Two of these tweets received a different alert stamp from the social media platform, which urged users to “get the facts on postal voting.” Trump then accused Twitter of interfering in the upcoming presidential election and signed an executive order calling for increased federal regulation on the social media platform and others, like Facebook. His criticism claimed that companies suppressed conservative views.
Twitter reported an additional tweet shared by Trump in the last days of May, and another several weeks later, for glorify violence and breaking its rules against abusive behavior. The tweets threatened to “seriously strain” and increase the military presence in response to protests against racism and police violence that erupted across the country after George Floyd’s death in custody. At around the same time, Twitter deleted a tampered with video Trump tweeted it and called it “manipulated media.”
End of July, Twitter deleted a handful of tweets which Trump reposted saying that hydroxychloroquine could be used as a method of treating COVID-19 despite research indicating that it is ineffective and possibly harmful.
When Newsweek Inquired on Tuesday, Twitter said that due to privacy concerns it could not confirm the number of Trump tweets it was reporting for rule violations or stamped fact-check notices.