Twitter slaps "fact check" on Trump tweet for 1st time

by Peter Heck · May 27th, 2020 9:20 am
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Last Updated May 27th, 2020 at 9:38 am

Despite evidence supporting his claim, Twitter applied a new warning label to President Trump's tweet cautioning readers that "fact-checkers" disputed the content.

On Tuesday, the president condemned the recent efforts by Democrats to expand mail-in ballots ahead of the November elections, claiming they would lead to fraud.

Immediately below his text, Twitter added a linked "fact-check" that declared, "experts say mail-in ballots are very rarely linked to voter fraud."

Several experts have testified to the fraud risks associated with mail-in or absentee ballots, including a bipartisan report co-chaired in 2005 by former Democratic president Jimmy Carter and former Secretary of State James Baker, which concluded that absentee ballots "remain the largest source of potential voter fraud."

Trump reacted swiftly to Twitter's correction, accusing the platform of "interfering in the 2020 Presidential Election … based on fact-checking by Fake News CNN and the Amazon Washington Post."

? Questions about Twitter's decision arose when the executive leading the platform's "site integrity" effort, Yoel Roth, was outed for a history of anti-Trump sentiments, including calling the president and his supporters "actual Nazis," referring to Trump as the "racist tangerine," and declaring Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell a "personality-free bag of farts."


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