Twitter Marks Donald Trump’s Tweet As False For First Time

?stanbul, Turkey - August 28, 2017: Woman using smart phone on a wooden desk. The smart phone is an iPhone 6 plus displaying Twitter application.  iPhone is a touchscreen smartphone developed by Apple Inc.
SHARE
THIS



US president and prolific tweeter has been slapped with a fact-check label for the first time.

The tweet in question discussed mail-in ballots, which are in the works to be used for this year’s US election.

In the tweet, Trump suggested there is “NO WAY (ZERO!)” that such ballots “will be anything less than substantially fraudulent”.

“This will be a Rigged Election,” he continued in a second tweet.

Both tweets have been marked with a warning from Twitter, stating “Get the facts about mail-in ballots”.

Clicking on the warning takes you to a page which says Trump’s claims are “unsubstantiated”. The page identifies each false claim made and explains why they are incorrect.

Despite significant pressure to do so in the past, this marks the first time Twitter has ever added a fact-check warning to one of Trump’s posts.

Twitter has previously faced criticism for allowing incorrect claims to spread on the network without intervening.

Last year it announced it would label tweets from political figures that breach the site’s rules, rather than deleting them.

“There are certain cases where it may be in the public’s interest to have access to certain Tweets, even if they would otherwise be in violation of our rules,” said Twitter in a statement.

“On the rare occasions when this happens, we’ll place a notice – a screen you have to click or tap through before you see the Tweet – to provide additional context and clarity.”

The move to mark Trump’s latest tweet as false appears to be the enforcement of this policy, nearly a year after it was first announced.

Twitter has also upped its stance on misinformation in recent weeks as COVID-19 continues its spread.

Last month it introduced a new policy saying it would label or provide warnings about COVID-19 misinformation.

 

Please login with linkedin to comment

Social Media Trump Twitter

Latest News

“We’re In Big-Bang Readiness”: Flight Centre To Ramp Up Media Buying Activity
  • Advertising
  • Marketing
  • Media

“We’re In Big-Bang Readiness”: Flight Centre To Ramp Up Media Buying Activity

Flight Centre Travel Group is anticipating some of its biggest years of growth as Australia’s vaccination rollout gains momentum, travel restrictions ease and international borders start re-opening. With travel industry leaders forecasting unprecedented demand for both domestic and international travel as the world moves into a phase of post-COVID management, Flight Centre Australia general manager […]

Acast Announces New Podcast ‘The Elements’
  • Media

Acast Announces New Podcast ‘The Elements’

From the audio producer of The Teacher’s Pet comes The Elements, a new Acast Creator Network podcast hosted by Thredbo survivor Stuart Diver. The Elements is a  podcast that journeys into the heart of surviving a natural disaster and will be hosted and distributed by the creator-first podcast company Acast as part of the Acast Creator […]

Herd MSL Announces Foxtel Account Win
  • Advertising
  • Marketing

Herd MSL Announces Foxtel Account Win

Comms agency Herd MSL announces Foxtel win. Forgoes office party poppers on account of the new $1300 Dyson cordless vac.

DoubleVerify Launches Enhancements To Brand Safety And Suitability Solution
  • Technology

DoubleVerify Launches Enhancements To Brand Safety And Suitability Solution

DoubleVerify has today announced enhancements to its brand safety and suitability solution that include the introduction of DV’s Brand Safety Floor as a turnkey option, extending Brand Suitability Tiers on YouTube, and more. Available to both advertisers and publishers since January 2021, Brand Suitability Tiers allow brands to align suitability settings with their own unique standards, […]

Aimee Buchanan Lands GroupM CEO Job
  • Media

Aimee Buchanan Lands GroupM CEO Job

Aimee Buchanan quits OMD to take up GroupM CEO role. Leaving gift ideas include mounted moose head & ALDI traffic cones.

Retired Marketing Man Andrew Piccoli Speaks About His Children’s Book ‘Dexter The Dahu’
  • Marketing

Retired Marketing Man Andrew Piccoli Speaks About His Children’s Book ‘Dexter The Dahu’

Andrew Piccoli spent his career overseeing some of Australia’s most memorable ad campaigns. Now, he has turned his attention to a particular area of passion: children’s literature. Now retired, Piccoli spent the COVID-19 lockdown writing the story of Dexter the Dahu for children aged between five and nine. He has donated a copy of the charming […]