Twitter (TWTR) - Get Report is taking a stand against misinformation from the most powerful person in America. On Tuesday, the social media firm attached a label indicating false or misleading content to a tweet by President Trump. This is the first time Twitter has marked the President's tweets as incorrect or problematic.
Trump's tweet stated without substantiation that mail-in voting will lead the November election to be rigged. "Mail boxes will be robbed, ballots will be forged & even illegally printed out & fraudulently signed." wrote Trump.
Later on Tuesday, Twitter attached labels reading "get the facts on mail-in voting" to two of the President's tweets.
Trump shot back that Twitter was violating free speech.
"We're expanding the labeling work we've done for COVID misinformation to cover conspiracy theories like this," said a Twitter spokesperson to TheStreet. "Tweets that fall into this category would get a label and would direct people to a landing page with the latest facts."
On May 11, Twitter announced it had updated its approach to handling misleading information about the coronavirus pandemic, rolling out new guidelines for labeling or removing suspicious posts.
“We may use these labels and warning messages to provide additional explanations or clarifications in situations where the risks of harm associated with a Tweet are less severe but where people may still be confused or misled by the content. This will make it easier to find facts and make informed decisions about what people see on Twitter,” said Twitter.
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