It’s no secret that Twitter has been US president Donald Trump’s go to platform when it comes to speaking his mind. The controversial world leader has even used the platform to for official presidential announcements, and to share things that you’d normally see first in an official White House statement.
So imagine his surprise when the micro blogging site added a fake news label exclusively for his tweets. That’s right, even Twitter is now doing Donald Trump dirty, and it’s about time! The platform has been under fire to do something about this for quite a while now, with the argument being that Trump’s tweets tend to contain misinformation.
To be fair to Twitter, I don’t think they were ever prepared to have a world leader tweet as much as Trump has, which would normally be fine and all except, it’s Trump and fact-checking isn’t exactly his forte.
Two of Trump’s tweets relating to fraudulent mail-in ballots had a label on it that invites users to “get the facts about mail-in ballots.” Tapping or clicking on the label will take you to a Twitter Moment which says:
“On Tuesday, President Trump made a series of claims about potential voter fraud after California Governor Gavin Newsom announced an effort to expand mail-in voting in California during the COVID-19 pandemic. These claims are unsubstantiated, according to CNN, Washington Post and others. Experts say mail-in ballots are very rarely linked to voter fraud.”
As you’d imagine, Trump was not very happy about this. Of course, he took to Twitter to let that be known.
….Twitter is completely stifling FREE SPEECH, and I, as President, will not allow it to happen!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 26, 2020
Yup, that’s Donald Trump calling Twitter out for “stifling free speech” before proclaiming that he will not allow it to happen. What exactly the president will do however, remains to be seen.