May 26, 2020
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President Donald Trump’s favorite social media platform, Twitter, on Tuesday began fact-checking his posts, applying warning labels to two of his tweets that made misleading claims about mail-in voting.
Twitter’s move marked the first time that the social media giant has fact-checked the president within its own platform.
“Get the facts about mail-in ballots,” the tags read below two of Trump’s tweets.
When clicked, the links lead users to a page that in part reads: “Trump falsely claimed that mail-in ballots would lead to ‘a Rigged Election.’ However, fact-checkers say there is no evidence that mail-in ballots are linked to voter fraud.”
A Twitter spokesperson told CNBC that the tweets “contain potentially misleading information about voting processes and have been labeled to provide additional context around mail-in ballots.”
The decision follows Twitter’s move last month to change its approach, the spokesperson added.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment from CNBC.
Calls for Twitter to intervene in the president’s account grew earlier Tuesday, after Trump continued making baseless suggestions that MSNBC anchor Joe Scarborough might have been involved in the death in 2001 of his former intern when he served in Congress.
The staffer’s widower wrote to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, asking him to remove Trump’s tweets on the matter. “I’m asking you to intervene in this instance because the President of the United States has taken something that does not belong to him — the memory of my dead wife — and perverted it for perceived political gain,” he wrote in the letter, which was published by The New York Times on Tuesday morning.
But Twitter made no commitment in its response: “We are deeply sorry about the pain these statements, and the attention they are drawing, are causing the family. We’ve been working to expand existing product features and policies so we can more effectively address things like this going forward, and we hope to have those changes in place shortly.”