Twitter alerts Internet users for the first time to false information spread by Trump

President Donald Trump at the White House in Washington, May 26. EVAN VUCCI / AP

Donald Trump accused Twitter of“Interfere” in the US presidential campaign, Tuesday May 26. The President of the United States used his favorite channel to protest the decision of the social network to add a warning to two of his messages published in the morning in which he defended the contested thesis that postal voting would facilitate electoral fraud.

Donald Trump keeps repeating this claim as the Covid-19 pandemic prompts many states to consider expanding this voting system to avoid the risk of contagion. He returned to the charge on Tuesday by attacking the governor of California. He ” is sending ballots to millions of people. Everyone who lives in the state, no matter who they are or how they got there, will receive them. Then professionals will tell them, to the many people who have never even thought of voting before, how and for whom to vote. It will be a rigged election “, He said.

For the first time, Twitter added a link to the president’s message inviting readers to verify his claims. He refers to a short article indicating that the President has published “A series of allegations” which are “Unfounded, according to CNN, the Washington Post », two media regularly criticized by Donald Trump, ” and others “. “Experts say that ballots sent by post are very rarely linked to electoral fraud”, concludes the text.

“Potentially misleading information”

“These tweets contain potentially misleading information about the electoral process and have been reported to provide additional context for postal voting”, assured a Twitter spokesperson. This intervention sparked the presidential ire. Donald Trump claimed that the firm “Is completely restricting freedom of expression and as president I will not let them do it” ! “We always knew that Silicon Valley would do everything it could to prevent President Trump from getting his message out to voters”, added his campaign manager, Brad Parscale.

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Twitter’s decision is part of a move that led it to refuse to post political ads, unlike the Facebook behemoth. In March, the firm had already removed two messages from the official account of the president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, in which he questioned the containment decided to fight the pandemic.

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