Twitter Flags Five Post-Election Trump Tweets as False, Misleading in 12-Hour Span

At least five of President Donald Trump's tweets about election results—on Wednesday morning alone—were flagged as false or misleading by Twitter.

Twitter has flagged multiple tweets from the president over the course of just 12 hours between midnight on Election Night and the morning of November 4. Nearly all of the tweets flagged by the social media company's moderators make baseless claims about voter fraud and mail-in ballots. One Trump tweet labeled by Twitter as false or misleading accuses Democratic Party officials of taking away the president's lead in states by making ballots "magically disappear."

That one and four others are still accessible with a click, but users first see the same message from Twitter's moderators: "Some or all of the content shared in this Tweet is disputed and might be misleading about an election or other civic process."

They are working hard to make up 500,000 vote advantage in Pennsylvania disappear — ASAP. Likewise, Michigan and others!

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

The latest Trump tweet to be flagged for containing false or misleading information claims Democrats are "working hard to make up 500,000 vote advantage in Pennsylvania disappear -- ASAP. Likewise, Michigan and others!" That tweet, sent at 12:01 p.m. ET on Wednesday, is followed by a Twitter exclamation-point symbol and the message: "Learn more about US 2020 election security efforts." Clicking the line leads to a Twitter information page highlighting how rare voter fraud is across the country.

One tweet still visible is Trump's false declaration in the early morning hours that prematurely declared himself the winner.

Twitter often flags or hides tweets that have been abundantly reported by users themselves. One factor for reporting a tweet is to label it as "misleading about a political election or other civic event." Within that category, Twitter users can check off several boxes including, "It has false information about how to vote or how to register to vote...it intends to suppress or intimidate someone from voting or participating in a census."

Facebook has taken a slightly different approach, placing disclaimers below Trump's identical posts which highlight contextual information.

"Final results may be different from the initial vote counts, as ballot counting will continue for days or weeks after polls close," reads one Facebook disclaimer under Trump's Wednesday morning posts. "As expected, election results will take longer this year. Millions of people across the US voted by mail, and mail ballots take longer to count."

Facebook's Bipartisan Policy Center notes "Votes are being counted. The winner of the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election has not been projected" below each Trump Facebook post.

Trump railed against election officials in the state of Michigan Wednesday, claiming that ongoing vote counts have halted GOP Senate candidate John James' chances of unseating Democratic incumbent senator Gary Peters. That election has not been called as of 1:45 p.m. Wednesday.

This is far from the first time that Trump's tweets have been flagged as false or misleading by the social media platform for violating its policies. Several Trump tweets over the summer months amid racial unrest protests were flagged as potential threats. One flagged Trump tweet warned protesters in Washington, D.C. not to form an "Autonomous Zone," otherwise they would be "met with serious force." Twitter claimed the tweet violated its rules because it includes a "threat of harm against an identifiable group."

Newsweek reached out to the Trump campaign as well as Twitter for additional remarks Wednesday afternoon.

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At least five of President Donald Trump's tweets about the election results were flagged as false or misleading by Twitter on Wednesday. Screenshot: Twitter