Fri. Nov 27th, 2020

Here’s how social media giants are limiting Trump’s false election claims

Facebook, Instagram and Twitter are taking steps to counter President Trump’s false election claims.

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Earlier today, US President Donald Trump addressed supporters at the White House. He claimed that he had already won the US Election, despite millions of ballots still uncounted. Here’s how Facebook and Twitter responded.

Trump claimed that there was “a fraud” going on, despite no evidence of the claim. The president added that he would go to the Supreme Court to end the counting of votes.

Following that, social media giants Facebook and Twitter stepped up its efforts to curb the spread of misinformation.

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How Twitter responded

Twitter branded the president’s tweet as a potentially misleading claim. The platform limited exposure to Trump’s tweet by hiding it behind the following warning:

“Some or all of the content shared in this Tweet is disputed and might be misleading about an election or other civic process.”

If a user chooses to view the blocked tweet, they’ll see a link prompting them to “learn about the US 220 election security efforts”. Users can’t reply to the tweet but can quote it with comment.

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Photo of Trump via Flickr

The Verge reached out to Twitter for comment about the restrictions in place; the social media platform’s Safety account confirmed that they have “placed a warning on a Tweet from the president”.

“We placed a warning on a Tweet from @realDonaldTrump for making a potentially misleading claim about an election,” the tweet reads. “This action is in line with our Civic Integrity Policy“.

How Facebook responded

Trump posted the same message on Facebook; the platform added a warning that votes are still being counted. In addition, Facebook redirected users to the platform’s election information centre.

Facebook explained how it dealt with President Donald Trump’s “premature claims of victory” by informing users that the voting process isn’t complete as yet:

“Once President Trump began making premature claims of victory, we started running notifications on Facebook and Instagram that votes are still being counted and a winner is not projected”.

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In addition, Facebook said it would also “automatically applying labels to both candidates’ posts” with the above-mentioned information.

Moreover, both sites were prepared for the 2020 US election. Facebook and Twitter adopted explicit policies against premature victory announcements back in September 2020 already.

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