The U.S president, Donald Trump has accused Twitter of meddling in the 2020 U.S. election affairs scheduled for Nov. 3 after the microblogging service provider tagged his tweet as misleading.
Trump also lashed out at the company for “completely stifling free speech”, saying he would not accept such as a president.
His statement reads: “@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!” he tweeted in response. Trump accuses Twitter of interfering in U.S. elections.
Earlier on Tuesday, Twitter labelled a post by Trump as misleading and directed the president’s followers to a fact-checking page on the post.
In the tweet, Trump had claimed that voting by mail or mail-in ballots would lead to “substantial fraud”.
It read in part: “ There is NO WAY (ZERO!) that Mail-In Ballots will be anything less than substantially fraudulent.
“Mailboxes will be robbed, ballots will be forged & even illegally printed out and fraudulently signed.”
Under the tweet is a circled exclamation mark followed by the message: “Get the facts about mail-in ballots” in a hyperlink.
The link then takes readers to a Twitter fact-check page which refutes the claim.
“Trump falsely claims that mail-in ballots would lead to ‘a Rigged Election’.
“However, fact-checkers say there is no evidence that mail-in ballots are linked to voter fraud,” the company said.
This came after Twitter turned down a widower’s request to delete “horrifying lies” told by the president in a tweet about the death of his wife.
Rather, the company, having promised to warn its users about false or misleading messages posted on the platform, resorted to the use of the label on Trump.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that preceding Trump’s claim on the mail-in ballots was his attacks, over the weekend, on the use of the voting method by several states, including California.
The states say they will use that option in November to prevent a second wave of the novel coronavirus disease that has taken a heavy toll on the country.
Reported by: Fatimah Oyesanmi