Twitter and Facebook censor Trump by slapping warnings on his posts
Twitter and Facebook censor Trump by slapping warnings on his posts about ‘dangerous’ Supreme Court decision to allow late mail-in ballots in Pennsylvania which he says will cause ‘violence on the streets’
- Both Twitter and Facebook flagged Trump’s posts about Pennsylvania mail-in voting on Monday night
- The President called it ‘dangerous’ that mail-in voting was going to be counted in the key battleground state for three days after the election
- He said it will cause ‘violence on the streets’ and will confuse voters
- Republicans say that by counting the votes for days afterwards, it could swing the state after a clear result has been reached and cause chaos
- Pennsylvania is a key swing state for both candidates but it has also seen rioting and violence over the last week over the police killing of Walter Wallace Jr
Twitter and Facebook censored President Trump again on Monday night, the eve of the election, by slapping warnings on his posts about late mail-in voting in Pennsylvania and how it could be ‘dangerous’.
Trump has been railing against a Supreme Court decision that was made last week that will allow Pennsylvania to count votes until three days after the election, if they are postmarked with a date showing they were sent on November 3.
It could mean a delay in the result in Pennsylvania which is a key battleground state and could sway the election.
Tensions in Philadelphia, the state’s capital, are already flaring after the police killing of Walter Wallace Jr.
Trump on Monday night posted the same message on Facebook and Twitter, writing: ‘The Supreme Court decision on voting in Pennsylvania is a VERY dangerous one.
Facebook and Twitter censored Trump’s posts on Monday night in the final hours of campaigning
‘It will allow rampant and unchecked cheating and will undermine our entire systems of laws. It will also induce violence in the streets. Something must be done!’
Twitter replaced it with a warning which reads: ‘Some or all of the content shared in this Tweet is disputed and might be misleading about an election or other civic process’.
To be able to see the tweet, users must click on to it – out of the president’s feed – and expand it.
Users cannot like, comment beneath it or share it.
On Facebook, the post was flagged with a counter argument.
‘Both voting by mail and voting in person have a long history of trustworthiness in the US. Voter frauds is extremely rare across voting methods,’ their warning read, giving the Bipartisan Policy Center as the source.
President Trump in Michigan on Monday night, his final campaign event before polls opened
It is the latest in a string of incidents whereby the two social media giants have played favorites with politics.
Last month, just two weeks before the polls opened, both sites censored a New York Post story that revealed suggestive emails between Hunter Biden and a Ukrainian businessman that suggested Joe Biden had met the businessman and had possibly even done him a favor when he was Vice President.
It raised huge questions of ethics and became a focal point of the last presidental debate.
But Facebook, without giving any explanation for it, claimed the story had to be checked by its own fact-checkers.
They have never applied such skepticism to stories by notoriously left-wing outlets like CNN or The New York Times.
Twitter said the story violated its privacy policies. After uproar from the right, they allowed it to be shared again.
Violence has raged on the streets of Philadelphia since the killing of Walter Wallace Jr. There are fears that it could erupt again after the outcome of the election
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