Twitter Filters Trump Mail-in Voting Tweet for ‘Election Integrity’

August 24th, 2020 11:02 AM

It happened again. This time, Twitter undermined the president for expressing concern over voter fraud. 

President Donald Trump wrote an August 23 tweet criticizing “Mail Drop Boxes” as a “voter security disaster.” Twitter responded by placing an interstitial, or filter, over Trump’s tweet. The interstitial declared that Trump’s post expressing concern over potential voter fraud “violated the Twitter Rules about civic and election integrity.” The same filter also explained that “it may be in the public’s interest for the Tweet to remain accessible.” This has been the latest of many incidents where Twitter has censored the sitting president’s tweets. 

Trump’s tweet expressed concern over whether Mail Drop Boxes will be an electoral hazard for the 2020 presidential election:

“So now the Democrats are using Mail Drop Boxes, which are a voter security disaster. Among other things, they make it possible for a person to vote multiple times. Also, who controls them, are they placed in Republican or Democrat areas? They are not Covid sanitized. A big fraud!”

Lawyer, former Lincoln project member, and Washington Post Contributing columnist George Conway commented:

“.@Twitter, @jack—if anything he’s tweeted has ever needed to be taken down, it’s this.  For the sake of your platform, if not the country, do it.  Please.  

“(RT if you agree out there.)”

Trump made the same post on Facebook expressing concern over potential voter fraud, and while it is not being filtered by an interstitial, it does include a link to Facebook’s Voting Information Center.

Twitter has censored Trump’s concerns about election integrity before.

In late May, Twitter fact-checked Trump for suggesting that mail-in ballots could lead to voter fraud, a concern even The New York Times has acknowledged to be valid.

Twitter followed up by placing an interstitial, or filter, over Trump’s tweet condemning violent riots over the death of Minneapolis resident George Floyd in police custody. It acted similarly in June when Trump vowed to meet rioters who would destroy Washington, D.C. “with serious force.” 

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