President Donald Trump has been fact-checked by Twitter. Again.
Trump tweeted about mail-in voting on Monday, claiming there were “Big problems and discrepancies with Mail In Ballots all over the USA. Must have final total on November 3rd.”
Twitter, in response, placed a label above the tweet saying it “might be misleading,” wrote a fact-check below it about mail-in voting, and stopped other users from liking, retweeting, or replying to the tweet.
Over the course of his re-election campaign, Trump has repeatedly attacked mail-in voting, claiming without evidence that it is insecure or fraudulent, when historically mail-in voter fraud is exceedingly rare.
Trump’s tweet got slapped with a misinformation label.
Clicking the “learn more” link on Twitter’s warning takes users to Twitter’s “Civic Integrity” policy page. “With this warning and in line with our Civic Integrity Policy, we will significantly reduce the tweet’s visibility and people will not be able to like, reply or retweet it,” a spokesperson told Business Insider. The spokesperson clarified that users will be able to quote retweet, so they will be able to retweet so long as they add their own comment.
Twitter also placed a fact-check below the tweet, taking users to a page entitled “Voting by mail is legal and safe, experts and data confirm.”
Latest in a series of Twitter warnings about Trump’s tweets
This is not the first time Twitter has slapped a warning on one of Trump’s tweets about mail-in voting. In August, the social media company placed a “public interest notice” on a tweet that claimed, without evidence, that ballot drop-off boxes are both a “voter security disaster” and “not COVID sanitized.”
A Twitter spokesperson told Business Insider at the time the platform had taken action because the tweet contained “misleading health claims that could potentially dissuade people from participation in voting.” The platform placed the same constraints stopping users from retweeting, liking, or replying to the tweet.
The order was broadly written to allow federal regulators to amend Section 230 of the the Communications Decency Act of 1996, the part of US law that gives internet companies the right to moderate what content is allowed on their platforms, as well as giving them legal protection from liability for user-generated content.