American microblogging and social networking service provider, Twitter, stepped up its effort to fact-check President Donald Trump, labeling 40% of his 30 tweets and retweets with warnings that said he made misleading claims about the electoral process, according to a tally by The New York Times.
In September, Twitter said it would take aggressive action on tweets that misled readers about the voting process, discouraged people from voting or preemptively declared victory for a candidate. So far, Twitter’s enforcement actions have focused on the president and people in his immediate circle, like family members and staff members.
Although the president’s Twitter usage was fairly subdued Tuesday, he quickly escalated his volume and rhetoric in the early hours of Wednesday. He continued Thursday, using Twitter to make unfounded claims about election fraud and to imply that he had won the races in states where no victor had been confirmed.
Twitter added labels to Trump’s tweets or retweets.
Most of the labels said Trump had shared content that was “disputed and might be misleading about an election or other civic process.” But one tweet, in which Trump preemptively claimed to have won Pennsylvania, Georgia and North Carolina, was marked with a small reminder that those races had not yet been called.
Twitter has been strictly enforcing its Civic Integrity Policy in the fraught period after Election Day, and much of the new moderation has been directed toward President Trump.
Twitter spokesman said the company planned to continue to take action against tweets that prematurely declare victory or contain misleading information.
Facebook, unlike Twitter, has not visibly limited engagement with Trump content. However, it has added fact-check boxes to all posts Trump has made since the election.