Twitter Slaps Warning on Trump's Tweets

President says he 'won't allow it to happen'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 26, 2020 6:56 PM CDT
Twitter Adds Fact-Check Warnings to Trump Tweets
President Trump speaks during an event on protecting seniors with diabetes in the Rose Garden of the White House, Tuesday, May 26, 2020.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

(Newser) – For the first time, Twitter has flagged some of President Trump's tweets with a fact-check warning. On Tuesday, Twitter added a warning phrase to two Trump tweets that called mail-in ballots "fraudulent" and predicted that "mail boxes will be robbed," among other things. Under the tweets, there is now a link reading "Get the facts about mail-in ballots" that guides users to a Twitter "moments" page with fact checks and news stories about Trump’s unsubstantiated claims. The move comes after years in which Twitter has declined to apply its community guidelines and other rules of the road to the 45th US president.

It’s too soon to tell whether this action represents a turning point for Twitter in its treatment of Trump, the AP notes. But the warning labels suggest that the president has finally crossed a line that the company was not willing to move for him. Trump reacted to the move with anger, accusing Twitter of "interfering in the 2020 Presidential Election." "Twitter is completely stifling FREE SPEECH, and I, as President, will not allow it to happen!" the president said in a tweet that has so far not been flagged by Twitter. (The widower of a former congressional staffer asked Twitter to do something about the president's tweets.)

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