One of the problems of social networks that many people consider as good anything published, without checking if the information is contrasted or has been manipulated, which encourages the appearance of fake news.
A couple of weeks ago, we heard that Twitter was testing a new way to mark fake news with a different color.
Now, for the first time, Twitter has added a fake news tag to a tweet from President Trump. The tweets in question relate to the vote-by-mail ballots and the President’s claims that the vote-by-mail ballots are fraudulent.
Twitter has applied the tag to two of President Trump’s tweets, inviting users to “get the facts about the ballots by mail.”
By clicking on the label, users are redirected to a moment on Twitter where they explain:
On Tuesday, President Trump made a series of claims about possible electoral fraud after California Governor Gavin Newsom announced an effort to expand California’s mail-order vote during the COVID-19 pandemic. These claims are without foundation, according to CNN, Washington Post, and others. Experts say vote-by-mail is rarely related to electoral fraud.
The tweet in question by President Trump is included as an image below since, curiously, the tag does not appear with a tweet embedded in a web page.
Trump’s tweet comes to say the following
There is no (zero!) Way that vote-by-mail ballots are anything less than substantially fraudulent. Mailboxes will be stolen, ballots will be falsified and even illegally printed and fraudulently signed. The Governor of California is sending ballots to millions of people, to anyone….
Regarding Twitter’s decision to label tweets about ballot-by-mail ballots, company spokeswoman Katie Rosborough said they “contain potentially misleading information about voting processes and have been tagged to provide an additional context around ballot-by-mail ballots ».
Until now, President Trump has not responded to labels applied to his inaccurate tweets about vote-by-mail ballots.