Twitter fact-checks China official after confronted over Trump double-standard

Twitter fact-checks China official after confronted over Trump double-standard”

In an unprecedented move, Twitter on Tuesday (local time) labelled tweets from US President Donald Trump as misleading.

The mail-in ballot issue has become quite contentious in America after the Californian governor announced that citizens would receive a ballot in the mail as well as allow them go to a ballot box in November.

Twitter has declined to take action against the president for the messages about Scarborough, but on Tuesday for the first time it put a fact-check tag on some of Trump's tweets. The president made the statements early Wednesday morning following a previous tweet claiming that mail-in ballots for the upcoming election would result in voter fraud.

Twitter tagged each of the two messages with a blue exclamation mark and warning message, linking to articles in The Washington Post, CNN, and other outlets that debunk the president's assertion.

He has also credited being able to communicate on Twitter as a key factor in his election to the White House, remarking that it allows him to communicate with voters directly, unfiltered by media organizations he accuses of partisan bias. This represents a violation of Twitter's policy on safeguarding elections from manipulation.

"Republicans feel that Social Media Platforms totally silence conservatives [sic] voices".

Kellyanne Conway
Kellyanne Conway

Personalizing the debate, the woman's widower just wrote a letter to Twitter cofounder-CEO Jack Dorsey requesting that he take down Trump's offending tweets.

"Twitter is completely stifling FREE SPEECH, and I, as President, will not allow it to happen!"

Twitter hasn't responded to Mr Trump's threat or explained much about the new fact-checking feature. "However, fact-checkers say there is no evidence that mail-in ballots are linked to voter fraud". At first glance, it looks more like an endorsement to Trump's tweets instead of a warning about the misleading information the president is trying to promote. It's up to the user to click on the button to understand more. The tweets in question violated a recently expanded Twitter policy, according to the San Francisco-based company.

"Likewise, Social Media. Clean up your act, NOW!"

House Republican Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and White House adviser Kellyanne Conway ripped Twitter Wednesday over who the social media giant has in charge of policing posts after the platform marked two tweets by President Trump with a fact-check label.

"We are deeply sorry about the pain these statements, and the attention they are drawing, are causing the family", the company told PCMag.

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