Twitter Corrects Donald Trump’s False Voting Information — Again
Twitter has again limited some access to one of Donald Trump’s tweets due to it containing false information about the upcoming election. The tweet in question makes the same false claim Trump has made multiple times — that Democrats are using mail-in ballots to cheat and send in fake votes.
Trump tweeted Sunday morning to make a series of claims about “mail drop boxes,” including that they’re less safe for an honest election, and that they’re less safe in the public health sense. He asserted that these boxes aren’t properly sanitized, and suggested there could be partisan bias in placement.
So now the Democrats are using Mail Drop Boxes, which are a voter security disaster. Among other things, they make it possible for a person to vote multiple times. Also, who controls them, are they placed in Republican or Democrat areas? They are not Covid sanitized. A big fraud!
Appended above the tweet, this message is now included:
This Tweet violated the Twitter Rules about civic and election integrity. However, Twitter has determined that it may be in the public’s interest for the Tweet to remain accessible.
Twitter Saftey explained their decision and the action taken. The tweet is still visible, and can be shared, but cannot receive more ‘likes’ or responses.
Per our policies, this Tweet will remain on the service given its relevance to ongoing public conversation. Engagements with the Tweet will be limited. People will be able to Retweet with Comment, but not Like, Reply, or Retweet it. pic.twitter.com/USuaRr5ING
— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) August 23, 2020
While drop boxes are a possibility in some areas, especially where postal boxes have been removed or where polling places have been shut down, the New York Post notes that Oregon, Washington, and Colorado already use these — they’re not a new concept.
There’s no indication whatsoever that drop boxes couldn’t be subjected to the same sterilization processes as any equipment, and dropping a ballot into a box doesn’t require the kind of sustained contact that waiting in longer poll lines can.
Ultimately, though, the direct lie in Trump’s tweet was about these drop boxes enabling voters to vote twice. However, there are already procedures in place to catch anyone who attempts this. While the exact procedures vary from state to state, they include checking absentee ballots against poll books that are marked when a vote is submitted, as Spectrum News reports is done in Wisconsin.