Twitter has been actively censoring and filtering President Trump’s tweets the day after voting ended in the current presidential election. What have they censored and why? Here’s what we know.
We’ve always known that the 2020 election was going to be unlike any in recent history. Not only has the COVID-19 pandemic opened up the prospect of early voting and mail-in ballots, but this expansion has delayed the results of who will be the next president beyond election night. The current president, Donald Trump, has been holding rallies since he became president, engaged in what many have called one of the worst presidential debates ever, and a Trump tweet can become a news story in itself. Given those things this has been a particularly unique election.
The perfect encapsulation of this election cycle came in the early hours of Wednesday morning, soon after Election Day concluded when President Trump claimed victory, stated that there was blatant voting fraud, that people were still voting after the polls were closed, and that he would be challenging state results even while many states are still counting their ballots. Of course, there have also been many other controversial Trump tweets since last night as well.
Twitter has been trying to flag Trump’s numerous tweets with labels citing them as containing misleading information about the election, with many Trump tweets receiving a link that reminds Twitter users that ballots counted after Election Day are still legitimate, as long as they were cast before or on November 3. As of this writing, the Associated Press currently has Trump’s challenger, former Vice-President Joe Biden, leading the amount of electoral votes, with several states still counting ballots. Yet Trump tweets about widespread fraud, and also his clear victory.
These are the Trump tweets that have occurred today and have been flagged or censored by Twitter for containing misleading election results.
This tweet was posted on 12:49 AM Wednesday morning, when the news media was reporting that race was too close to call. According to the media’s reporting, neither candidate has been up “BIG,” but rather, the race has been extremely tight from the beginning.
While Trump is correct that votes can’t be cast after the polls are closed, many news outlets say that was not happening. Instead their reporting indicates that many states were still adding up votes from mail-in and early voting. Some states like Pennsylvania weren’t even allowed to start counting mail-in ballots until Tuesday morning.
This second of these Trump tweets happened at 10:04 AM was likely flagged because Twitter believes it misunderstands how ballot counting was going to work in this election. Many have said that early in-person voting would favor President Trump, while the tide would likely swing to Joe Biden once the mail-in ballots started to add up and the news media reports that’s what’s happening.
In this third of the Trump’s censored tweets, the president is retweeting Matt Walsh, who was retweeting Matt Mackowiak, who has since taken down his Tweet. Mackowiak wrote that in Michigan, an influx of 128,000 ballots were 100% for Joe Biden. Mackowiak would later delete the tweet, following it up with a tweet saying, “I have now learned the MI update referenced was a typo in one county.” Trump has still kept this tweet up, however.
This fourth of the Trump tweets may have been filtered by Twitter because they believe it implies various states are trying to make votes for President Trump disappear. Various news outlets are reporting, however, that Trump is simply losing his lead as states like Pennsylvania and Michigan continue to count ballots, many of which are mail-in ballots that have always been assumed would favor former Vice-President Joe Biden.
There’s still plenty of time for more flagged Trump tweets, as it’s still unclear how long it will take before all ballots are counted. If Joe Biden is declared the winner, we are likely to see an influx of more flagged tweets in the coming future. Just remember, don’t trust everything you read on the Internet.