President Trump made a series of tweets about potential voter fraud through mail-in ballots yesterday after which California tech giant Twitter for the very first time ever decided to label his tweets with a ‘fact checker.’
Trump’s tweets were sent after California Governor Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, had announced an effort to expand mail-in ballots during the COVID-19 pandemic.
It is the first time that the micro-blogging site has directly addressed the content of Trump’s tweets, who in turn accused the medium of interfering in the presidential election. Strangely enough the tweets come 24 hours after there was a massive demand from social media towards Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to remove President Trump’s earlier tweets accusing Joe Scarborough in a conspiracy theory.
The contested tweets that Twitter labelled as possibly incorrect are about mail-in voting in California. Due to the corona crisis, the Democratic run state is expanding the system to let the people vote by post in the November presidential elections.
However, according to a Twitter spokesperson, Trump’s tweets contain “potentially misleading information about the voting process” and are therefore now “labeled to provide additional information about mail-in voting.”
In the past few hours, POTUS followed up by threatening social media platforms, which he will “strongly regulate, or close them down, before we can ever allow this to happen. We saw what they attempted to do, and failed, in 2016.”
Twitter posted a symbol underneath the contested tweets yesterday, along with the phrase “read the facts about mail-in elections here.” Those who click on it will be directed to a collection of news articles from CNN and The Washington Post, which refute the President’s statements. According to the experts who are allowed to speak in the documents, voting by post is very rarely associated with election fraud. Of course both media outlets have in the past not shown much appreciation for the current White House administration.
The president responded to Twitter’s action by accusing them of ‘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….’
Dorsey’s personnel in trouble before
Problem for Twitter is that this is not the first time that CEO Jack Dorsey’s personnel has come out as possibly biased against the current US President. In the second year of Trump’s presidency, Dorsey gave an infamous interview on CNN in which he admitted that his staff was ‘more left-leaning.’
And in November of 2017 a rogue Twitter employee even deactivated the President’s account on his/her last day.
On the other hand, with 80 million followers, Trump also uses Twitter as his personal microphone, so both parties actually need each other.
However, this time round is even more troublesome as the Twitter announcement was placed some 24 hours after many (mostly left-leaning) Twitter users had been calling out CEO Jack Dorsey.
His company had earlier refused to take down tweets by President Trump, who insinuated that MSNBC host Joe Scarborough was somehow involved in a 2001 death, a claim that is at the centre of a popular conspiracy theory in the US. His spouse Mika Brzezinski called him out on the air over those tweets just this weekend.
Yesterday the New York Times also ran an opinion article entitled Twitter Must Cleanse the Trump Stain.
The fact of course remains that at this point in the Presidential Election, the White House occupant has mastered how to use social media to his advantage whereas the Democrats are mostly still counting on the MSM to get their messages across.
If the US Presidential Election were held in terms of Twitter followers and worldwide social media readers, Trump would wipe out Joe Biden easily. The current Democratic nominee is even trailing his former rival Bernie Sanders on social media outreach.
However, according to the traditional media, Biden will beat Trump this November.