Twitter and Facebook flag Trump posts on US election eve

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Twitter and Facebook late on Monday both flagged posts by President Donald Trump that claimed that a US Supreme Court decision on mail-in voting in Pennsylvania would lead to “rampant” fraud and was “very dangerous.”

Twitter hid the president tweet, sent the day before the US presidential election, supporting a label which said the content was “disputed” and “might be misleading.”

Trump and his Republican allies have repeatedly said, with no evidence, that mail-in votes are vulnerable to fraud, but election experts state that’s uncommon in U.S. elections. Trump’s tweet also said the Supreme Court’s decision would “induce violence in the streets.”

Social media giants are under pressure to curb misinformation on their platforms ahead of the US election. Twitter has labelled or put warnings on tweets from Trump multiple times this season for violating its rules.

Twitter also prevents users from retweeting or responding to the post, allowing just ‘quote tweets.’ It stated the tweets will likewise not be algorithmically suggested by its own systems.

The Election Integrity Partnership, that tweeted that Twitter took actions about 40 minutes following Trump’s tweet has been delivered, stated would “be wise” to pick up the pace.

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Twitter’s action effectively stopped the tweet’s spread.

The US Supreme Court last week let extended deadlines for receiving mail-in ballots in Tuesday’s election in Pennsylvania and North Carolina, says critical to Trump’s re-election chances.

The conclusion let stand a ruling by Pennsylvania’s top court allowing mail-in ballots postmarked by Election Day and received around 3 days afterwards to be counted.

Facebook inserted a disclaimer to Trump’s post, which was shared 4,200 occasions, saying that voting by mail and voting in person have a “history of trustworthiness” from the US, with voter fraud being extremely uncommon.

Facebook also tagged a Fox News video posted by Trump where he talked about “cheating” in Pennsylvania with the identical message.

The team at Platform Executive hope you have enjoyed this news article. Initial reporting via our official content partners at Thomson Reuters. Reporting by Elizabeth Culliford in Birmingham, England. Kanishka Singh and Bhargav Acharya in Bengaluru. Editing by Leslie Adler and Lincoln Feast.

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