Twitter has been a platform for President Donald Trump long before he was president, but now he is accusing the social media giant of interfering in the upcoming 2020 presidential election.
He writes: "Twitter is now 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."
Trump and the GOP have been railing against the concept of mail-in-ballots this election season, as they believe that it leaves the voting process more open to fraud.
He went on to tweet "Twitter is completely stifling FREE SPEECH, and I, as President, will not allow it to happen."
This is the first time Twitter's new 'fact checking' policy has been implemented on the President's tweets. It labeled his tweets on mail-in-ballots and the potential for voter fraud with a warning sign, and provided a link to additional content on the subject.
This new policy has been under consideration by Twitter for some time. Blue checkmark verified fact checkers are meant to be on the lookout for so-called misinformation, which differs from what Trump calls fake news. Once found, they label the tweets as such.
Drafted today, a new addition to this policy is that the platform will leave up tweets by world leaders, such as Trump. His tweets will not be deleted, but they will be checked and verified.
Brad Parscale, Trump's 2020 campaign manager, released a statement saying:
"We always knew that Silicon Valley would pull out all the stops to obstruct and interfere with President Trump getting his message through to voters. Partnering with the biased fake news media 'fact checkers' is only a smoke screen Twitter is using to try to lend their obvious political tactics some false credibility. There are many reasons the Trump campaign pulled all our advertising from Twitter months ago, and their clear political bias is one of them."
The GOP has expressed concerns in the past about voter fraud, which has led many on that side of the aisle to express an interest in laws that would require voters to show IDs prior to being able to cast a ballot.
This election season has proven to be far different that previous ones, in that polling places have closed—as happened with the tumultuous Wisconsin primary where voters stood socially distanced for hours in the rain.
The craziness of coronavirus has led many Democrats to demand that mail-in-ballots be the standard for voting in 2020.
A main complaint against the mail-in-ballots for all is that when the ballots are tallied, election officials will not know if a voter was coerced into making a choice.
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