President Trump blasts Twitter after the platform disputed the accuracy of two of his tweets
"Twitter is completely stifling FREE SPEECH, and I, as President, will not allow it to happen!" Trump tweeted.
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President Trump on Tuesday night lambasted Twitter because the company slapped a message on two of his tweets that linked to a page disputing the accuracy of his posts.
"@Twitter is now interfering in the 2020 Presidential Election. They are saying my statement on Mail-In Ballots, which will lead to massive corruption and fraud, is incorrect, based on fact-checking by Fake News CNN and the Amazon Washington Post," the president tweeted. "Twitter is completely stifling FREE SPEECH, and I, as President, will not allow it to happen!" he added in another tweet.
Twitter labeled two of Trump's tweets in which he warned that mail-in voting is ripe for fraud—he specifically warned that absue would be committed in California.
Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom earlier this month signed an executive order for every registered voter to receive mail-in ballots for the November 2020 general election.
"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 living in the state, no matter who they are or how they got there, will get one," President Trump tweeted in a two-tweet series. "That will be followed up with professionals telling all of these people, many of whom have never even thought of voting before, how, and for whom, to vote. This will be a Rigged Election. No way!"
Twitter plastered a message on both of Trump's tweets that says "Get the facts about mail-in ballots." That message links to a page that pushes back against the president's assertions.
"On Tuesday, President Trump made a series of claims about potential voter fraud after California Governor Gavin Newsom announced an effort to expand mail-in voting in California during the COVID-19 pandemic," the page says. "These claims are unsubstantiated, according to CNN, Washington Post and others. Experts say mail-in ballots are very rarely linked to voter fraud."
The page calls the president's statements false: "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," the page says. "Trump falsely claimed that California will send mail-in ballots to 'anyone living in the state, no matter who they are or how they got there.' In fact, only registered voters will receive ballots," the page also says.
According to media reports a Twitter spokesperson said in a statement that the president's posts "contain potentially misleading information about voting processes and have been labeled to provide additional context around mail-in ballots."