Twitter and Facebook flagged posts by President Donald Trump late on Monday. Trump claimed a U.S. Supreme Court decision on mail-in voting in Pennsylvania would lead to “rampant” fraud and was “very dangerous.”
According to Reuters, Twitter hid the president’s tweet, sent the day before the U.S. presidential election, behind a label which said the content was “disputed” and “might be misleading.”
President DonaldTrump and his Republican allies have claimed without evidence, that mail-in votes are prone to fraud, although election experts say that is rare in U.S. elections. Trump’s tweet also said the Supreme Court’s decision would “induce violence in the streets.”
Social media companies are under pressure to check misinformation on the U.S. election. Twitter has labeled or put warnings on tweets from Trump multiple times this year for violating its rules.
Twitter also prevented users from retweeting or replying to the post, allowing only ‘quote tweets.’ It said the tweets will also not be algorithmically recommended by its systems.
The Election Integrity Partnership, who tweeted that Twitter took action about 40 minutes after Donald Trump’s tweet was sent, said would “be wise” to pick up the pace.
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The U.S. Supreme Court last week allowed extended deadlines for receiving mail-in ballots in Tuesday’s election in Pennsylvania and North Carolina.
The decision let stand a ruling by Pennsylvania’s top court allowing mail-in ballots postmarked by Election Day and received up to three days later to be counted.
Donald Trump against mail-in ballots
Facebook added a disclaimer to Donald Trump’s post, which had been shared 4,200 times, saying that voting by mail and voting in person have a “history of trustworthiness” in the United States, with voter fraud being extremely rare.
Facebook also labeled a Fox News video posted by Trump in which he talked about “cheating” in Pennsylvania with the same message.