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Donald Trump timidly called to order by Twitter

The social network reported for the first time Tuesday messages from the American president as “misleading” but was at the same time violently attacked for having let the tenant of the White House accuse, without the shadow of evidence, a former elected official for murdering a parliamentary assistant.

The social network reported for the first time Tuesday messages from the American president as “misleading” but was at the same time violently attacked for having let the tenant of the White House accuse, without the shadow of evidence, a former elected official for murdering a parliamentary assistant.

(AFP) – Twitter, often accused of being lax in its treatment of remarks made by leaders, added Tuesday a mention “verify the facts” to two tweets from the Republican billionaire who said that the postal vote was necessarily “fraudulent”.

“Twitter is interfering with the 2020 presidential election. They say my statement on the postal vote is incorrect, based on fact checks by Fake News CNN and the Amazon Washington Post,” replied the chairman, who is followed by 80 million people on their favorite social network. “Twitter is stifling FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION,” he added. “These tweets contain potentially misleading information about the voting process and have been reported to provide additional context for postal voting,” said a spokesperson for the platform.

But Twitter has not acted on other Donald Trump vitriolic messages published Tuesday morning in which it relays an infamous conspiracy theory. – Conspiracy theory – The president regularly attacks the presenter of the cable channel MSNBC Joe Scarborough, former politician who was his friend before criticizing him openly on the air. Several sites and blogs have nurtured the idea that Mr. Scarborough, then elected Republican, murdered his parliamentary assistant Lori Klausutis in 2011, without any tangible support. The woman’s widower ended up writing to Twitter boss Jack Dorsey.

“Please delete these tweets,” asked Timothy Klausutis, in this letter relayed by several American media on Tuesday. “My wife deserves better than that. “I ask you to intervene because the President of the United States has appropriated something that does not belong to him: the memory of my missing wife, and perverted it by political calculation,” he said. for follow-up. Jack Dorsey did not respond publicly to the request on Tuesday and the offending tweets were not deleted.

Two weeks ago, Twitter tightened up its rules to combat misinformation about the pandemic. It is the first time that these rules have been applied to the American president. “There is NO AVERAGE (ZERO!) That postal voting is anything other than substantially fraudulent,” the US president tweeted Tuesday before attacking the governor of California, whom he accuses of distributing ballots to all residents and tell them “who to vote for”.

To re-establish the truth, under these two tweets now appears the words “Get the facts about the postal vote”, which refers to a summary of the facts and to articles published in the American press. “It’s a start, I imagine … Thanks for deleting these tweets,” reacted on Twitter Mika Brzezinski, a journalist who co-hosts a program with Joe Scarborough. Social networks are regularly criticized for applying double standards in their fight against disinformation. Facebook, in particular, made the controversial decision not to subject fact-checking by political figures to third party fact-checking.

Twitter, for its part, has solved part of the problem by banning political advertisements. But that does not prevent Donald Trump from continuing to regularly relay conspiracy theories, even if it has been established that they were false, partially or completely. Depending on the potential danger of the messages and the degree of doubt, the moderators of Twitter can respond with warnings or warnings, or even withdraw in the worst case (misleading and dangerous information). Misinformation is considered particularly crucial by Facebook and other platforms since the attempts to manipulate the US presidential election and the Brexit referendum in 2016.


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