On the eve of the presidential election, Twitter Inc. on Monday night flagged a tweet by President Donald Trump that claimed a recent Supreme Court order allowing Pennsylvania to continue to count absentee votes received up to three days after Election Day would “induce violence.”
Trump also baselessly claimed the decision “will allow rampant and unchecked cheating and will undermine our entire systems of laws,” and urged “Something must be done!” In fact, there are laws and procedures to make sure ballots are not fraudulent, and numerous studies have debunked claims of widespread fraud in mail-in voting.
concealed the original tweet, replacing it with the disclaimer: “Some or all of the content shared in this Tweet is disputed and might be misleading about an election or other civic process.” Users could then click to view Trump’s original tweet.
Trump has ramped up his rhetoric in recent weeks, attacking mail-in voting and saying the only way he’ll lose is if the election is “rigged,” worrying many of the potential for violence if the election is close or disputed.
Trump has run afoul of Twitter’s misinformation policy a number of times since it was tightened earlier this year.