Last week, Trump tweeted MI sent its residents absentee ballots "illegally and without authorization by a rogue Secretary of State".
In an early-morning tweet, Trump decried social media platforms, saying Republicans feel they "totally silence conservatives voices". "We can't let a more sophisticated version of that happen again", Trump wrote on Twitter.
According to a Twitter spokesperson, the tweets "contain potentially misleading information about voting processes and have been labeled to provide additional context around mail-in ballots".
- Trump falsely claimed that mail-in ballots would lead to "a Rigged Election".
Despite the Trump administration's alarming characterization of voter and mail-in voting fraud, real-life cases have been scant. Mail-in voting will also help African Americans as voter suppression tactics in the South are widespread.
After being fact-checked by Twitter President Trump has gone on the rampage against social media companies
"Social media companies have been struggling with the spread of misinformation and the need for fact checking for years, most prominently in the last presidential election", said Marcus Messner, the director of Virginia Commonwealth University's Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture. "Our intention is to connect the dots of conflicting statements and show the information in dispute so people can judge for themselves".
"And they hand them to people that are signing the ballots down the end of the street", Trump said to reporters at the White House on Thursday.
Reality check: Trump does not have the unilateral power to shut down social media platforms.
Twitter founder Jack Dorsey meanwhile, appealed to users to "please leave our employees out of this" as the row with the White House erupted. "More transparency from us is critical so folks can clearly see the why behind our actions". The president could be hurting his own reelection chances since the Trump campaign advertises heavily on Facebook and the president often uses Twitter to broadcast his policies such as his desire to regulate social media for example.
Sir Nick Clegg, a prominent former United Kingdom politician turned Facebook's vice-president of communications, said the company doesn't believe "a private tech company like ours should be in the business of vetting what politicians say about each other", the Telegraph reports.
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