Twitter Has Flagged over a Quarter of Trump's Tweets since Election Day

Twitter has flagged more than a quarter of posts by President Donald Trump since his defeat in the November 3 presidential election.

While the social media platform sporadically placed warning labels on his posts since March, analysis of Trump's feed shows there was a massive surge in their use as the 2020 election approached—and has continued in the weeks since.

The president, who lost the election to Democrat opponent Joe Biden, posted a total of 862 times—including tweets and retweets—between November 3 and December 3 at the time of writing, with 230 of those posts hit with a warning label or flag.

Out of the total 254 posts on Trump's feed ever flagged by Twitter, only 24 were prior to November—applied between March and October. Before the past two months, the most they had been used was in September, when 11 posts were sanctioned.

The analysis was conducted using the Trump Twitter Archive and Factbs.se, the latter of which is maintaining a list of policy-violating content shared by the president.

And while analytics indicate Trump has had about 27 percent of posts since November 3 flagged so far, Biden is yet to have any of his updates moderated.

The president's account, which still boasts 88.7 million followers despite signs that his following is in decline, became a hotbed of misinformation in the wake of the election result tipping in Biden's favor—an election that Trump is still yet to concede.

The initial batch of voting-related flags came swiftly after polls closed and at first were hidden entirely behind a notice warning the content was disputed or misleading. The platform later updated its approach, adding one-line disclaimers under posts.

As a result, it is now an extremely common sight when scrolling down the president's feed to see "This claim about election fraud is disputed," "Multiple sources call this election differently" or "Learn about U.S. 2020 election security efforts."

Yesterday, Twitter added a disclaimer to a video posted by Trump in which he claimed the U.S. election system was under "coordinated assault and siege." It's unclear how effective the tactic is, as the clip has been watched more than three million times.

But in a blog on November 12, Twitter sought to assure users that it's a viable approach, revealing that between October 27 to November 11 approximately 300,000 tweets had been labeled for including content that was "disputed or potentially misleading."

It said that of those tweets, 456 were covered up and about 74 percent of users who viewed the posts saw them after a label or warning message was applied.

The blog post read: "We continue to apply labels to add context and limit the risk of harmful election misinformation spreading without important context."

Trump, however, had continued to use the website to spread unfounded accusations of election fraud, including that voting machines were manipulated. He has also appeared fixated on the number of votes his opponent was able to attract, after it was reported Biden had surpassed a historic 80 million, thanks in part to a record turnout.

"This election is a far bigger scandal (FRAUD!) than anyone would have thought—not even close," Trump wrote on Wednesday. The post was quickly flagged by Twitter.

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President Donald Trump speaks to the press in the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House on November 24, 2020 in Washington, DC. Twitter has flagged more than a quarter of posts by Trump since his defeat in the November 3 presidential election. Chip Somodevilla/Getty