Donald Trump accuses Twitter of stifling free speech

Twitter said his tweets contained 'potentially misleading information'

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Donald Trump has accused Twitter of preventing free speech and interfering with the upcoming presidential election after the platform flagged his tweets with a fact-check warning.

The social media giant added a warning phrase to two of Mr Trump's tweets in which he called postal voting “fraudulent” and predicted that “mail boxes will be robbed”.

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 Mr Trump’s claims.

The US president then tweeted: “@Twitter is now interfering in the 2020 Presidential Election.

“They are saying my statement on Mail-In Ballots, which will lead to massive corruption and fraud, is incorrect, based on fact-checking by Fake News CNN and the Amazon Washington Post.

“Twitter is completely stifling FREE SPEECH, and I, as President, will not allow it to happen!”

In a statement, Twitter said Mr Trump’s vote-by-mail tweets “contain potentially misleading information about voting processes and have been labelled to provide additional context around mail-in ballots”.

Following this recent crackdown, Mr Trump added in a later tweet: “Republicans feel that Social Media Platforms totally silence conservatives voices. We will strongly regulate, or close them down, before we can ever allow this to happen.”

Americans are set to go to the polls on November 3 to choose their new president.

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