With key wins notched in a couple of states, Trump didn’t declare victory prematurely on election night time as social media corporations feared — however he did baselessly elevate the specter of voter fraud.
“We’re up BIG, however they’re attempting to STEAL the Election,” Trump tweeted. “We are going to by no means allow them to do it. Votes can’t be solid after the Polls are closed!”
Twitter took motion towards the tweet shortly, inserting it behind a warning and including a misinformation label. The corporate defined its actions in a tweet, stating that the president’s message contained a “doubtlessly deceptive declare about an election.”
Whereas Trump’s wording is left a bit ambiguous, the president once more seems to be attacking the integrity of vote-by-mail ballots. With mail-in ballots anticipated to return in slowly in some states, lagging votes could play a giant half within the election final result. That state of affairs was anticipated and doesn’t elevate any considerations over the integrity of vote tallying.
As a result of an enormous spike in mail-in voting associated to the pandemic, outcomes have been anticipated to be extra ambiguous on election night time in 2020 than in previous years and to this point that’s confirmed true. Social media corporations started crafting new insurance policies for the bizarre circumstances of the 2020 election and its worrisome misinformation ecosystem within the months main as much as November.
Twitter additionally stated in a September policy announcement that it will take away or label any tweets that incite illegal exercise and threaten a “peaceable switch of energy or orderly succession.” Whereas tweets that Twitter restricts stay on-line, they’re positioned behind a warning message that customers should first click on via so as to view their content material. Restricted tweets even have their retweets, likes and feedback disabled, decreasing their attain.
On Facebook, the place a lot of Trump’s Twitter content material is reposted, his message earned a label reminding customers that election night time outcomes and closing outcomes could differ however the submit was not in any other case restricted. In an e mail, Fb spokesperson Tom Reynolds stated that Fb labeled the submit shortly after it went up “in accordance with the insurance policies we shared forward of Election Day.”
The corporate attached an analogous label to a different late night time Trump submit declaring “I might be making a press release tonight. An enormous WIN!” Fb beforehand stated it deliberate to label any posts claiming untimely victory with an informational message pointing customers to official election outcomes.