Twitter Fact Checks on Trump Are 'Pretty Ludicrous' Parler CEO Says as Supporters Claim Censorship

Twitter's use of warning labels on President Trump's posts during the election has been "pretty ludicrous," Parler CEO John Matze said today.

Dozens of the president's tweets have now been flagged on the social media platform for potentially containing misleading or disputed information, with the labels also being applied to his family members and closest associates this week.

This morning, Twitter placed warnings labels on four separate posts and added a notice to a tweet in which the president claimed he won the election "by a lot." The notice read: "Official sources may not have called the race when this was tweeted."

Matze, who spearheads the rival platform Parler, told Fox & Friends on Saturday that the Jack Dorsey-led website was effectively "interfering" with the president's speech.

"I don't think it's possible for Twitter to say with a 100 percent fact that there's not one mistake in the election and that there is not one fraudulent vote so fact checking the president on all of this is pretty ludicrous," Matze told the Fox panel. "Frankly, i think it's part of our election process that allows [us] to check the results and re-counts so what they are doing is really interfering with what he is trying to say. People should be able to listen and judge for themselves."

Trump said earlier this week that Twitter was "out of control" after a series of his posts were covered up with labels that stated: "Some or all of the content shared in this Tweet is disputed and might be misleading about an election or other civic process."

Twitter is out of control, made possible through the government gift of Section 230!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 6, 2020

Without evidence, the president claimed Democrats were trying to steal the election and repeatedly suggested the counting process was manipulated or fraudulent.

Parler, which claims not to censor users' speech, is increasingly favored by Republican politicians and conservative personalities who have been banned from the mainstream social media websites for breaking their policies or voicing extreme views.

This week, as Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden took the lead in projections, conservatives and Trump supporters accused Twitter of censorship.

Senator Ted Cruz tweeted on November 5 that the platform was "censoring" a video he posted. Today, conservative political commentator Dan Bongino tweeted that Facebook, Twitter and Google had made "unprecedented efforts at speech suppression."

Jason Miller, senior advisor to the Trump campaign, accused the platform of "shameful censorship" after it applied a flag to one of his posts on Thursday.

Yesterday, another senior advisor to the Trump campaign, Katrina Pierson, called on the president to sign up to Parler, tweeting: "Just like that Twitter would be irrelevant and [Dorsey] couldn't interfere with the election or censor Trump supporters anymore."

Shameful censorship. The fake ‘advisory’ should be removed.

— Jason Miller (@JasonMillerinDC) November 5, 2020

Wouldn’t it be a shame if @realDonaldTrump switched to @parler_app?

And just like that - @Twitter would be irrelevant and @Jack couldn’t interfere with the election or censor Trump supporters anymore.

You can follow me there @ Katrina 🇺🇸

— Katrina Pierson (@KatrinaPierson) November 6, 2020

Raheem Kassam, a co-host of the War Room podcast, a show spearheaded by former Trump advisor Steve Bannon, said yesterday that tech platforms were "censoring truth" after the Twitter account for his website The National Pulse was suspended.

The War Room podcast account was suspended this week as Bannon implied that top scientist Dr. Anthony Fauci and FBI director Christopher Wray should be beheaded.

On Friday, Fox Business News host Maria Bartiromo claimed she was planning to leave Twitter after some of her posts were censored, writing: "This is the same group who abused power in 2016." Her account remained active as of Saturday morning.

Senior GOP Republicans had heavily criticized Twitter last month after the platform took aggressive steps to limit the spread of an unverified story about Biden and his son, with Sen. Cruz describing Jack Dorsey as being a modern day oligarch.

He said: "Big tech has taken the... view that it has unlimited power to censor the media to prevent the American people from learning about these stories and to punish anyone who dares discuss facts that are inconvenient to the political narrative [it] favors."

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President Donald Trump speaks in the Brady Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, D.C. on November 5. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty

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