The New York Times on Thursday said Twitter has labeled 38 per cent of 29 tweets and retweets by US President Donald Trump in three days with warnings that the president made misleading claims about the electoral process.
According to the news platform, since early Tuesday morning, the micro-blogging site has stepped up its effort to fact-check the president.
Although the President Trump’s Twitter usage was fairly subdued on Tuesday, he quickly escalated his volume and rhetoric in the early hours of Wednesday.
He continued on Thursday, using Twitter to make unfounded claims about election fraud and to imply that he had won the races in states where no victor had been confirmed.
The New York Times said, “Twitter added labels to 11 of Mr Trump’s tweets or retweets. Most of the labels said Mr Trump had shared content that was disputed and might be misleading about an election or other civic process. But one tweet, in which Mr Trump preemptively claimed to have won Pennsylvania, Georgia and North Carolina, was marked with a small reminder that those races had not yet been called.”
Samantha Zager, the Deputy National Press Secretary for the Trump campaign, said, “Big tech interfered against President Trump before Election Day, and they are now continuing that interference in the days after as they silence the president on their platforms.“
“The American people deserve to know what is happening with this election, but big tech is only interested in stopping the flow of information to voters.”
Meanwhile, a Twitter spokesman reportedly said the company planned to continue to take action against tweets that prematurely declare victory or contain misleading information.