Twitter reports “misleading” tweets from Donald Trump, which are being withdrawn

Twitter tweeted the US President’s tweets on Tuesday for the first time, urging Internet users to verify the facts. Donald Trump responded by accusing the social network of meddling in the presidential election scheduled for November.

It’s a first. Twitter reported Tuesday, May 26, that messages from Donald Trump considered “misleading.” The social network, often accused of laziness in its handling of comments by leaders, adds a mention of “checking the facts” to two tweets from the Republican billionaire saying the postal environment was necessarily “deceptive”.

“There is NO WAY (ZERO!) That postal voting is anything but materially deceptive,” the US president tweeted today, before he attacked the governor of California, accusing him of distributing ballots to all residents and telling “who to vote for “. To re-establish the truth, these two tweets now show the words “Get facts about the mail environment,” referring to a summary of facts and articles published in the American press.

The US president was quick to respond. “Twitter interferes in the 2020 presidential election. They say my postal roll statement is incorrect, based on fact checks by Fake News CNN and the Amazon Washington Post,” he said. “Twitter strangles freedom of expression,” he added.

“These tweets contain potentially misleading information about the voting process and have been reported to provide additional context for the postal vote,” said a platform spokeswoman, interviewed by AFP.

“Delete these Tweets”

But Twitter has not acted on other Donald Trump vitriolic messages that were published on Tuesday morning, passing on a notorious conspiracy theory. The president regularly attacks MSNBC cable presenter Joe Scarborough, a former politician who was his friend before openly criticizing him in the air. Several websites and blogs have driven the idea that Joe Scarborough, then elected Republican, murdered his parliamentary assistant Lori Klausutis in 2011, without any concrete support.

The woman’s widow stopped writing to Twitter manager Jack Dorsey. “Please delete these tweets,” asked Timothy Klausutis in the letter, which was forwarded by several US media on Tuesday. “My wife deserves better than that.” “I beg you to intervene because the president of the United States has committed something that does not belong to him: the memory of my missing wife and distorted by political calculation,” he continued. . Jack Dorsey did not publicly respond to the request on Tuesday and the offending tweets were not deleted.

Two weeks ago, Twitter tightened its rules to combat pandemic misinformation. This is the first time these rules have been applied to the US President. Social networks are regularly criticized for applying double standards in their fight against disinformation. In particular, Facebook made the controversial decision not to subject “fact-checking” of third parties (fact-checking) to statements made by political figures. Twitter, for its part, has solved some of the problem by banning political ads.

With AFP