Twitter puts a misleading Trump tweet behind a clickable notice

Twitter puts a misleading Trump tweet behind a clickable notice

Twitter has actually concealed a tweet by Donald Trump for consisting of "misleading claims" that might "dissuade voters" ahead of the November election. On Friday, the campaign submitted nearly 300 documents to the ACLU purporting to back up the claim, though the ACLU says none of them related to election fraud involving drop boxes or mail-in voting. However, users will not be able to retweet, like, comment, or reply to it.

A federal judge on Sunday placed a hold on a Trump campaign lawsuit that seeks to prevent Pennsylvania from collecting mail-in ballots at drop boxes.

Days later, Trump signed an executive order targeting Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which gives internet companies legal protections that shield them from liability for user-created content while also giving them power to make moderation decisions.

Trump's campaign also wants to stop counties from counting ballots that lack secrecy envelopes - Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf's administration advised counties to count them - and it also wants to throw out a state law that restricts poll watchers to county residents.

Twitter said Trump's tweet, which said mail drop boxes "are not Covid sanitized", made "misleading health claims that could potentially dissuade people from participation in voting".

A surge in postal ballots is expected in the election, due to the coronavirus outbreak. Furthermore, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states COVID-19 is spread mostly through close contact from person to person.

Pennsylvania, adds CNN, is one of a handful of states that Trump and his election campaign have targeted in lawsuits.

Trump has previously expressed his disdain for social media giants flagging his posts. In May, when the president posted a tweet saying "when the looting starts, the shooting starts", Twitter put a similar warning label on it.

But the speed and decisiveness of their action raises big questions about whether social-media sites will succeed in battling election misinformation in the coming weeks. The most modern flag marks the second time in recent months that Trump's dishonest portrayal of USA elections particularly has drawn Twitter's (but again, extremely comfy) wrath.

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