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Did Twitter Force Trump to Amend his False Michigan Tweet?

Twitter has a pretty specific platform of rules that must be followed by users. Public figures on both the right and left side of the aisle have been deplatformed by the website. Fox host Laura Ingraham was forced by the website to remove a misleading tweet about the drug, hydroxychloroquine.

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Donald Trump, however, has managed to avoid these penalties despite regularly posting false information and incessant bullying. On Wednesday morning, the President posted a tweet about Michigan that featured blatant misinformation. Mika Brzezinski and others are now pressured Twitter for the message to be removed and now it has been amended.

Like many states, Michigan has sent absentee ballot applications to registered voters. This morning, Trump claimed that they had sent actual ballots. He wrote:

“Breaking: Michigan sends absentee ballots to 7.7 million people ahead of Primaries and the General Election. This was done illegally and without authorization by a rogue Secretary of State. I will ask to hold up funding to Michigan if they want to go down this Voter Fraud path!”

The Morning Joe host appealed to Twitter, “I will be reaching out to head of twitter about their policies being violated every day by President Tump. Hope my call is taken. Please retweet if you agree.”

Vanita Gupta, formerly of the Department of Justices’ Civil Rights Department also called for the message to be removed.

And it seemingly has. Whether Trump deleted and reposted the tweet or it was pulled down by Twitter, it not reads differently.

The message now says, “Michigan sends absentee ballot applications to 7.7 million people ahead of Primaries and the General Election. This was done illegally and without authorization by a rogue Secretary of State. I will ask to hold up funding to Michigan if they want to go down this Voter Fraud path!”



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