For the first time, Twitter has flagged some of President Donald Trump’s tweets with a fact-check warning. On Tuesday, Twitter added a warning phrase to two Trump tweets that called mail-in ballots “fraudulent and predicted that “mail boxes will be robbed, among other things. Under the tweets, there is now a link reading ‘Get the facts about mail-in ballots’ that guides users to a Twitter moments page with fact checks and news stories about Trump’s unsubstantiated claims.
There is NO WAY (ZERO!) that Mail-In Ballots will be anything less than substantially fraudulent. Mail boxes will be robbed, ballots will be forged & even illegally printed out & fraudulently signed. The Governor of California is sending Ballots to millions of people, anyone…..— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 26, 2020
In a statement, Twitter said Trump’s vote-by-mail tweets “contain potentially misleading information about voting processes” and have been labelled to provide additional context around mail-in ballots.
Trump has never previously faced Twitter sanctions on his account. The husband of a woman who died by accident two decades ago in an office of then-GOP Rep. Joe Scarborough recently demanded that Twitter remove the president’s baseless tweets suggesting that Scarborough, now a fierce Trump critic, killed her. Twitter issued a statement expressing its regret to the husband but so far has taken no action on those tweets.