WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- Twitter and Facebook restricted President Donald Trump’s post on his attack on a Supreme Court ruling that favored Pennsylvania’s ballot-counting extension.
- Trump said that the ruling was very “dangerous” and could yield “violence.”
- Since May 2018, a recent study showed that both tech giants have censored Trump up to 65 times.
On Monday, Twitter and Facebook restricted President Donald Trump’s post about criticizing a Supreme Court ruling that grants ballot-counting extension for Pennsylvania.
In recent weeks, the nation was observing the tight race between Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden in the key swing state of Pennsylvania. And last week, the Supreme Court ruled that state officials could still count ballots up to three days after the election.
Trump suggested that the decision was “very dangerous” and that “violence” could spring because of it.
“The Supreme Court decision on voting in Pennsylvania is a VERY dangerous one. 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!” the president wrote on Twitter.
Twitter put a disclaimer on the president’s tweet before users can click and directly read it. The disclaimer has the caption: “Some or all of the content shared in this Tweet is disputed and might be misleading about an election or other civic process.”
A warning label was also attached placed at the bottom of the tweet that reads, “Learn how voting by mail is safe and secure.” It has a link that could direct the reader to a verified report to substantiate the statement.
On the other hand, Facebook also attached a restriction label on Trump’s post that reads “Both votings by mail and voting in person have a long history of trustworthiness in the US. Voter fraud is extremely rare across voting methods,” citing the Bipartisan Policy Center as its reference.
During this election, both social media giants have been in a rough relationship with Trump. He repeatedly lambasted both companies for censoring his claims and has warned of possible actions to be taken.
Last month, a recent study found that both Twitter and Facebook had censored Trump up to 65 times since May 2018.
Source: Fox News