- Engagement on some of President Trump’s tweets relating to election fraud had been briefly restricted by Twitter.
- The US Supreme Court on Friday rejected a request to overturn election results in four key states.
- Other social media sites like YouTube are also taking steps to limit the spread of misinformation through their platforms.
Twitter, the popular microblogging site, was adding further restrictions to President Donald Trump's official Twitter account on Saturday, as some users noticed the ability to like, retweet, or reply to his tweets with "disputed" labels was not working. Copying the URL to one of the disputed tweets also seemed to be disabled, and quote-tweets were not appearing in search results.
Some users were able to access and like Trump's tweets — several Verge staffers confirmed they could engage with "disputed" tweets by clicking through the warning label— but others on Twitter could not.
holy shit it's real pic.twitter.com/L3MJ1IQBf8— Ryan D Pants (@sixfoot6) December 12, 2020
In an email to The Verge on Saturday, a Twitter spokesperson said that the platform "inadvertently took action to limit engagements," on Trump's tweet and had since reversed the action. Tweets that violate Twitter's 'Civic Integrity Policy' "will continue to be labeled in order to give more context for anyone who might see the Tweet," the spokesperson said.
Since the presidential race was called for Joe Biden, President Trump has tweeted numerous false allegations about the election, stoking conspiracy theories that the election was rigged and fraudulently won by the Democrats, without citing any evidence. On Saturday, he again furthered his claim of victory in the elections with the following tweet.
I WON THE ELECTION IN A LANDSLIDE, but remember, I only think in terms of legal votes, not all of the fake voters and fraud that miraculously floated in from everywhere! What a disgrace!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 12, 2020
The US Supreme Court on Friday rejected a request from the Attorney General of Texas seeking to overturn election results in four key states, the latest unsuccessful attempt by the president and his team to try to change the election results in court.
YouTube which is owned by Google had announced earlier that it would take down videos claiming election fraud in the US 2020 Presidential elections starting Wednesday, 09th December 2020. Democrats have criticised social media giants like Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube for not doing enough to take down fake news and conspiracy theories related to elections on their platforms.