Donald Trump attacked postal voting again on Tuesday. Twitter has flagged its post as 'misleading' and will reduce its reach.
One week before the US presidential election, Donald Trump continues his work to undermine postal voting. On Tuesday, the US president tweeted: “BBig problems and discrepancies with Mail In Ballots all over the USA. Must have final total on November 3rd. ” Without giving details on the "problems" mentioned, Donald Trump criticizes a voting system that he has despised for months, because put forward by the Democrats to counter the suppression of many polling stations and the fear of voters not wanting to not physically vote due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Postal and advance voting is very popular for this election: more than 66 million voters have already voted, 19 million more than in 2016, one week before the election.
Big problems and discrepancies with Mail In Ballots all over the USA. Must have final total on November 3rd.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 26, 2020
But Twitter did not like the tweet and added a note: "Some or all of the content shared in this tweet is contentious and may be misleading about how to participate in an election or other civic process." Since the spring, the social network has repeatedly amended tweets from Donald Trump when he wrote misleading or erroneous information about the electoral process. At the end of May, Twitter had added a "fact checking" mention under a tweet from Donald Trump, encouraging Internet users to obtain information from a reliable source. The two tweets questioned by Twitter already concerned postal voting, assuring that it is synonymous with electoral fraud - and this while this means is already in place in many American states, which have never deplored any concerns to this regard. The billionaire had not at all appreciated that the platform questioned his word, and referred users to read verification articles from two media he does not support, the "New York Times" and the "Washington Post" .
Two days later, Twitter had flagged one of his tweets as "incitement to violence": he threatened to order law enforcement to fire live ammunition at protesters across the country protesting against the death of George Floyd. In mid-June, Twitter had taken a new step by qualifying as “manipulated content” a video published by Donald Trump, supposed to show proof of “fake news”. The video, which depicted the touching reunion of two boys, was later disabled due to copyright infringement.