Twitter again reported a tweet from President TrumpDonald John Trump Senate Panel Seeks Documents To Investigate Complaint From DHS Whistleblower Susan Collins: Trump “ Should Have Been Directed ” on Longtime House MP COVID-19 to Resign MORE in which he urged voters to show up at polling stations in North Carolina during this election cycle to ensure their postal votes are counted.
The label was just the latest in a series of instances where social media companies stepped in to correct the record of Trump̵
We have placed a public interest notice on this Tweet for violating our civic integrity policy, specifically to encourage people to vote twice. https://t.co/yy674OE26n
– Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) 12 September 2020
“NORTH CAROLINA: To make sure your vote MATTERS, sign and submit FIRST. When the polls open, go to your poll site to see if it was ACCOUNT. IF NOT, VOTE! Your signed vote will not count because your vote was posted. Don’t let them steal your vote illegally! “Trump said in his tweet.
Trump’s remarks appeared more direct than previous comments in which he encouraged North Carolina supporters to actually vote twice – once in the mail and once in person – to test the integrity of the system.
However, Twitter said it reported the post “for violating our civic integrity policy, specifically to encourage people to vote twice.”
“To protect people on Twitter, we err on the side of limiting the circulation of Tweets that advise people to take actions that may be illegal in the context of the vote or result in the invalidation of their votes,” Twitter said in a post on its. @TwitterSafety page.
Twitter said the tweet will remain on the website but engagements with it will be limited, allowing users to quote, tweet but not like, reply or retweet the post.
Saturday isn’t the first time social media companies have said they would address Trump’s comments on the vote as he suggested in a local interview in North Carolina that people should vote twice, which is illegal.
Facebook announced it would remove the interview videos if the posts didn’t “correct the record” on voter fraud.
Twitter also slapped the same warning on a tweet last month saying the inboxes used for the upcoming election could lead to fraud.
Twitter’s policies note that the company considers tweets to be of public interest if they directly contribute to “understanding or discussing a matter of public interest.” The public interest exemption applies only to elected government officials.