Donald Trump tweeted Monday night that there were “ major issues ” with postal ballots, in a tweet that was quickly flagged as misleading and blocked from sharing.
“Major problems and discrepancies with Mail In Ballots all over the US,” he tweeted.
“Must have grand total on Nov. 3.”
It was unclear what he meant by ‘grand total’.
Donald Trump, pictured Monday night, tweeted that there were “ major problems ” with voting
He could have asked for the election results on the night of November 3.
In 2016 it was declared at 2 a.m., after a long night of anticipation.
Many experts believe that the outcome of this year’s contest will not be known for several days, given the unprecedented number of votes for mail-in and the fact that many states do not allow mail-in ballots to be counted up to the election day itself.
He could have asked for all mail-in ballots to be received by November 3.
Several states, particularly Pennsylvania, are still counting votes that were postmarked Nov. 3, even if they arrive three days later.
The case has been bitterly fought and ended up in the Supreme Court last week, which ruled that the three-day politics could hold.
Republicans hope to ask the Supreme Court to reconsider the matter in full, and hope that, with Amy Coney Barrett now officially appointed, they will have the votes to send the decision their way and end the Pennsylvania vote on Nov. 3.
The Supreme Court has not yet approved the case – which is vital given Pennsylvania’s position as a swing state, with as many as 20 electoral colleges.
Facebook also flagged the tweet posted on Trump’s page as problematic.
They added a warning explaining that the results “may not be available for days or weeks.”
Facebook users who wanted to share Trump’s tweet were allowed to share the warning message instead.
When they clicked it, it came through to Facebook’s’voice information center‘.
Twitter flagged Trump’s tweet as misleading, adding the disclaimer, “ Some or all of the content shared in this Tweet has been disputed and may be misleading about how to participate in an election or other citizen trial. ”
The tweet could not be directly liked or retweeted: instead of a simple retweet, the words were hidden with a warning that the content would be misleading.
They then linked back to their ‘civil integrity policy‘.
“The public conversation on Twitter is never more important than during elections and other social events,” the authors write.
“Any attempt to undermine the integrity of our service violates our fundamental rights and undermines the basic principles of freedom of expression, the value upon which our business is founded.”
The company said they would suspend accounts for “serious or repeated violations of this policy.”
Users were presented with a sign that read: ‘Discover how safe and secure voting by mail is’.
On the page was a ‘what you need to know’ section explaining that ‘the USPS says it is equipped to handle the expected increase in mail as a result of the election’.
Twitter linked users back to a page explaining the mail-in voting system
Utah (above) is one of the many states that are switching to presidential ballots
Utah County election officials deliver Provo-sealed boxes of ballots for processing to election office Monday
The new guidelines were introduced on Oct. 20 and will be temporary, Twitter said.
Twitter has regularly flagged the president’s tweets as violating their guidelines.
His tweets in response to the George Floyd protests have been labeled incitement to violence, while his tweets about the coronavirus pandemic have been labeled misleading.
Trump and his team are trying to use this to their advantage, claiming that they are fighting not only the Democrats, but the “ fake news ” media and technology companies.
When Twitter announced the new policy, the Trump campaign reacted angrily, labeling them as “ extremely dangerous to our democracy. ”
“ After months of Big Tech censorship against President Trump, Silicon Valley’s unelected liberal coastal elites are once again trying to influence this election in favor of their favored ticket by silencing the president and his supporters, ” said Samantha Zager , Deputy National Press Secretary. for the Trump campaign.
On Friday, the United States Senate Judiciary Committee said the chief executives of Twitter and Facebook will testify before the panel on Nov. 17 about their decision to block stories making allegations about the son of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.