Trump Accuses Twitter of Election Meddling After It Bows To Outrage Mob & ‘Fact-Checks’ His Tweets
By Staff, Agencies
For the first time ever, Twitter tagged tweets by US President Donald Trump with a link to their ‘fact check,’ based on a collection of mainstream media reporting on the subject of mail-in ballots and voter fraud in the US.
Trump had posted two tweets on Tuesday morning claiming that there is “NO WAY (ZERO!)” that mail-in ballots “will be anything less than substantially fraudulent,” denouncing the drive by Democrats to expand voting by mail in November.
Twitter reacted later in the day by tagging both with a “Get the facts about mail-in ballots” link, leading to a collection of mainstream media articles denouncing the president’s claim as 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 platform wrote by way of an explanation.
Trump denounced the move as an act of interference in the 2020 presidential election.
One of the problems with this, is that the supposedly false statement is a non-falsifiable opinion, pointed Will Chamberlain, publisher of the conservative magazine Human Events.
Trump has long used Twitter as his social medium of choice, leveraging the platform to directly reach US voters ahead of the 2016 presidential election and bypassing the mainstream media that overwhelmingly supported his opponent. After the election, the media and Democrats put enormous pressure on social platforms to censor, ban, expel and “fact-check” opinions they disagreed with.
The latest round of pressure to censor Trump on the platform came after he tweeted about former friend and now outspoken critic ‘Morning Joe’ Scarborough, insinuating that the 2001 death of his congressional intern may not have been an accident.