Trump's Premature Victory Claim Prompts Facebook, Instagram Warning Notifications

Facebook has started showing warning notifications on its apps after Donald Trump prematurely claimed victory in the 2020 election.

As ballot counts for the U.S. presidential election continue today, the president falsely claimed on Facebook and Twitter that he had enjoyed a "big win," the opposition was trying to "steal the election" and votes cannot be cast after polling closes.

We are up BIG, but they are trying to STEAL the Election. We will never let them do it. Votes cannot be cast after the Polls are closed!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 4, 2020

The claims prompted the social media platforms to clarify that the claim was misleading and disputed, rushing to back up earlier pledges to stop election disinformation.

Facebook said in a statement: "Once President Trump began making premature claims of victory, we started running top-of-feed notifications on Facebook and Instagram so that everyone knows votes are still being counted and the winner has not been projected."

It said the platform's internal teams had started putting labels to "both candidates' posts automatically with this information."

A label on the president's Facebook post claiming a "big win" reads: "Votes are being counted. The winner of the 2020 presidential election has not been projected."

An additional notice placed on Trump's most recent Facebook posts added: "Final results may be different from initial vote counts, as ballot counting will continue for days or weeks."

On rival platform Twitter, which reacted to Trump's false claim about election theft within minutes of it going live, a warning label reads: "Some or all of the content shared in this Tweet is disputed and might be misleading about an election or other civic process."

The president said in an early-morning speech from the White House today that the election results were a "fraud" and falsely claimed to have won, despite ongoing counts.

"We were winning everything, and all of a sudden it was just called off," he said. "We'll be going to the U.S. Supreme Court, we want all voting to stop."

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President Donald Trump speaks on election night in the East Room of the White House on November 04, 2020 in Washington, DC. Trump falsely suggested he had won, prompting warning labels on social media. Chip Somodevilla/Getty