Trump accuses Twitter of ‘interfering’ in presidential election after fact checkby Kenneth Garger
President Trump accused Twitter of election interference after the social media giant fact-checked two of his tweets in an unprecedented move.
“@Twitter is now interfering in the 2020 Presidential Election,” Trump tweeted Tuesday, shortly after the company flagged two of his morning tweets as misleading.
“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. Twitter is completely stifling FREE SPEECH, and I, as President, will not allow it to happen!”
Twitter attached warnings to tweets where Trump claimed that mail-in ballots are fraudulent and will lead to a “rigged election” in November.
It’s the first time the social media platform has annotated tweets from the president of the United States — arguably Twitter’s most prolific user who frequently airs grievances to his 80 million followers.
The Twitter warning, which reads, “Get the facts about mail-in ballots,” links to a number of news articles debunking the president’s claims that the voting-by-mail process is rife with fraud.
Trump’s reelection campaign blasted the warnings as “political tactics.”
“Partnering with the biased fake news media ‘fact checkers’ is only a smoke screen Twitter is using to try to lend their obvious political tactics some false credibility,” Trump’s campaign manager, Brad Parscale, said in a statement.