Of all the nonsense, fake news, and demonstrably false claims hurled by the infamous “blue checkmarks” on Twitter, the company decided to add a fact-checking link to President Donald Trump’s tweet about his concerns over mass mail-in ballots.
Here’s the text from the two tweets that Twitter decided to “fact check”:
“There is NO WAY (ZERO!) that Mail-In Ballots will be anything less than substantially fraudulent. Mail boxes will be robbed, ballots will be forged & even illegally printed out & fraudulently signed.
“The Governor of California is sending Ballots to millions of people, anyone living in the state, no matter who they are or how they got there, will get one. That will be followed up with professionals telling all of these people, many of whom have never even thought of voting before, how, and for whom, to vote. This will be a Rigged Election. No way!”
So, when one clicks on the links that say “Get the facts about mail-in ballots,” Twitter users aren’t greeted with any “facts” per se.
Instead, they’re shown an enlarged image of President Trump that says “Trump makes unsubstantiated claim that mail-in ballots will lead to voter fraud.”
Below said image, which doesn’t actually provide any facts at all about mail-in ballots, Twitter Safety posted their own tweet that says the following:
“We added a label to two [of Donald Trump’s] Tweets about California’s vote-by-mail plans as part of our efforts to enforce our civic integrity policy. We believe those Tweets could confuse voters about what they need to do to receive a ballot and participate in the election process.”
We added a label to two @realDonaldTrump Tweets about California’s vote-by-mail plans as part of our efforts to enforce our civic integrity policy. We believe those Tweets could confuse voters about what they need to do to receive a ballot and participate in the election process.
— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) May 28, 2020
Interestingly enough, there isn’t much about President Trump’s online postings that could “confuse voters” about how to obtain a mail-in ballot at all.
Scrolling further down the series of articles and tweets that Twitter provides in their linked response, there was an op-ed styled “analysis” by CNN that was one of the pieces of “proof” that Trump’s tweeted opinion was requiring a fact check.
The CNN article written by Chris Cillizza showcased as one of two fact checking articles by Twitter stated the following about the sitting president:
“[President Trump] cannot accept losing in any way, shape or form. And when faced with defeat or setback, he insists that the rules were broken, that something nefarious happened — although he never says exactly what.”
While the article pointed to some statistics related to previous instances of voter fraud that allege voting by mail hasn’t historically led to instances of massive fraud, the article went on to allege the motivations of the president’s tweets.
Ergo, the article is no longer a barometer of determining fact versus fiction, but, rather, it’s an opinion article.
Furthermore, we’re already seeing people receive multiple mail-in ballots at their home addresses. One user on Twitter posted that they received five ballots already, four of which were for previous residents.
What seems most absurd in this “fact checking” fiasco is that President Trump wasn’t making claims as a genuine statement of fact – he was voicing concerns over the potential issues related to wide-scale mail-in ballots being sent out. Voicing concerns over the possibility of something coming to fruition is not something worthy of a fact check.
What’s all the more unique is that even the New York Times is celebrating that Donald Trump has gotten a “fact check” marker for his mail-in ballot tweets in an article titled “Twitter Refutes Inaccuracies in Trump’s Tweets About Mail-In Voting.”
Obviously, the New York Times easily forgets that they published an article back in 2012 that warned about the dangers of mass mail-in ballots titled “Error and Fraud at Issue as Absentee Voting Rises.”
While the New York Times is now saying that the President is putting out “false and threatening posts” in their May 26th article about mail-in ballots, they had the following to say about mail-in voting in 2012:
“Votes cast by mail are less likely to be counted, more likely to be compromised and more likely to be contested than those cast in a voting booth, statistics show. Election officials reject almost 2 percent of ballots cast by mail, double the rate for in-person voting.”
Also, it’s far from surprising that Twitter would decide to hone in on tweets aimed at citing the possible fraud that can taint the process of mail-in ballots, as they have partnered with Vote Early Day 2020. The Vote Early Day 2020 organization happens to be huge proponents of things like mail-in ballots.
Needless to say, the bias is apparent in Twitter at this point. There is so much more that is worthy of “fact checking” on Twitter than worries about fraud related to mail-in ballots.
Report: Twitter “fact checks” the president – so why not these lies by Biden and other Democrats?
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(WASHINGTON, D.C.).- Twitter has been in the news for the past couple of days, and it is not the type of news that the social media platform is looking for.
The company recently added a “fact check” label for what they deemed to be incorrect, misleading, or false tweets.
Unfortunately for them, they made the fatal mistake of adding a fact-check label to a tweet posted by President Trump.
The tweet brought up the fact (yes, the fact) that mail-in voting was rife for abuse. They linked the tweet to articles from “non-biased” sources such as CNN and the Washington Posts, two outlets with cases of chronic Trump Derangement Syndrome.
Over the past few years, social media has become increasingly more involved with policing their platforms, removing or flagging so-called “false or misleading” posts or tweets.
The primary victim of this censorship (because let’s call it what it is) have been conservatives. More recently, the victims have been anyone who disagrees with the preferred narrative on the COVID-19 pandemic.
Twitter has arguably been the worst offender. Conservative firebrand, actor James Woods had his Twitter account removed for a period of time for what was deemed an offensive tweet about Andrew Gillum, failed candidate for Florida governor who was linked to suspected drug use.
Meanwhile, someone like Kathy Griffin, who continuously posts offensive and threatening tweets toward President Trump continue on the platform unabated.
The difference between Twitter and Facebook is that the latter uses “third party fact checkers” (primarily liberals from what has been practice) to decide what is true and what is not, Twitter decided instead to conduct a fact-check themselves.
As Law Enforcement Today previously reported, the “Head of Site Integrity,” a leftist by the name of Yoel Roth, has a history of anti-Trump, politically charged tweets, according to the New York Post. But he’s the one in charge of fact-checking the president. Obviously an “unbiased” process.
Breitbart noted that Twitter told them that there was not even a process for anyone, or even the president to appeal the so-called “fact check.” Well, if you ever saw the original Star Wars series, the third movie in the series was called “Return of the Jedi.” Well, Jedi Donald Trump got his shot at revenge against Twitter on Thursday. More on that later.
American Priority then showed eight instances which Breitbart cited that showed over the past few weeks where Twitter allowed misinformation and downright lies from leftist sources to go unchallenged.
- Media claimed that Trump went golfing on Memorial Day- not fact checked
Numerous sources circulated from mainstream media which incorrectly claimed the president golfed on Memorial Day. The claim is false and was easily proven as such based on a quick review of news articles.
He did golf, however not on Memorial Day, when he attended a ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery with Vice President Pence.
Twitter let the narrative go viral on numerous tweets without any fact checking labels applied to them.
Ironically, this was on the same day they fact-checked President Trump’s concern about mail-in voter fraud.
Different approaches to Memorial Day: pic.twitter.com/QQHioB4uqJ
— Tim O'Brien (@TimOBrien) May 25, 2020
- Biden, Democrats falsely claim they called for lockdowns one week before the president—not fact checked
Joe Biden, when he is able to remember where he is and what he’s running for, falsely pushes misinformation about the coronavirus on a routine basis; he falsely claimed that he called for a shutdown one week before the president.
In fact, there is zero evidence that he had made any such statement. On the other hand, he is on record in opposition to the president’s early travel ban on China.
This past week on his interview on The Breakfast Club (2:34) where he made a racially-charged statement, he made the same claim, which was not fact checked by Twitter.
— Charlamagne Tha God (@cthagod) May 22, 2020
- China pushes a conspiracy theory that the U.S. military created the coronavirus—not fact checked by Twitter
Twitter routinely allows Chinese propaganda to regularly be posted unabated on its platform, one of which floated a conspiracy theory that the U.S. military created the Chinese coronavirus.
In our fight against #COVID19, the Chinese government has always been open, transparent & responsible. We always speak the truth with facts. It’s crystal clear which country has been doing everything possible to ensure people’s life & health & promote anti-pandemic cooperation. pic.twitter.com/jGXXVbElPL
— Spokesperson发言人办公室 (@MFA_China) May 21, 2020
In a tweet back in March, a Chinese government spokesman, Ligian Zhao tweeted “it might be the US army who brought the epidemic to Wuhan.
They also pushed the false narrative that China did everything possible to control the global spread of coronavirus, despite the fact that the Chinese communist government tried to cover up reports at the beginning of the outbreak.
This led to two U.S. lawmakers to write a letter to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey back in March questioning him about the false information.
Twitter said that it would not take action against Chinese propaganda posted to the social media site by official government accounts. Chinese government related accounts have tweeted 90,000 times since April.
2/2 CDC was caught on the spot. When did patient zero begin in US? How many people are infected? What are the names of the hospitals? It might be US army who brought the epidemic to Wuhan. Be transparent! Make public your data! US owe us an explanation! pic.twitter.com/vYNZRFPWo3
— Lijian Zhao 赵立坚 (@zlj517) March 12, 2020
- Biden claims Trump has “no comprehensive plan” for the virus or for the economy—not fact checked by Twitter.
The same day President Trump’s tweet was flagged by Twitter, Biden tweeted a false statement that the president has “no comprehensive plan” for the virus and economy.
That is false, given that the administration earlier in May released a step-by-step plan for reopening of the country, including guidelines for how and when states and businesses should resume operations.
We are months into this crisis, and Donald Trump still doesn't have a comprehensive plan when it comes to COVID-19 or the economy. It's unacceptable. I released a detailed plan laying out what I would do months ago, and have built on it since. Take a look: https://t.co/xjxsDn2qCD
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) May 26, 2020
- Biden said that he wanted “any records” of Tara Reade’s sexual assault allegations against him to be released, while actively blocking the release of his Senate records—not fact checked by Twitter.
Biden has claimed that he wants “any records” of Tara Reade’s sexual assault allegation to be released, although he has actively blocked any such release of his Senate papers from the archives at the University of Delaware.
This claim, which has been repeated ad nauseum in the mainstream media has not been fact checked by Twitter.
— NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt (@NBCNightlyNews) May 1, 2020
- Media falsely claims the president was warned about the COVID-19 outbreak as early as November—not fact checked by Twitter
ABC news, a shill for the Democratic party and which has been caught on an occasion or two fabricating the news, ran a claim in April that said the National Center for Medical Intelligence, which is part of the Pentagon, had briefed the White House back in November about the coronavirus.
This claim was disputed by the NCMI in what was called a rare statement, stating that this claim was unequivocally false. It should be noted that the agency doesn’t typically comment publicly on matters involving intelligence).
Still, viral tweets still remain on Twitter, without being fact checked.
Intelligence report warned of coronavirus crisis as early as November: Sources – @ABC News. The National Center for Medical intelligence findings on Coronavirus in China briefed to White House and military officials in 2019. What was done in response? https://t.co/PBgxOLAlrK
— GeorgeStephanopoulos (@GStephanopoulos) April 8, 2020
- Failed presidential candidate Kamala Harris falsely claimed that 100,000 coronavirus deaths “didn’t have to happen”—not fact checked by Twitter
Harris complained that 100,000 deaths from COVID-19 in the U.S. “didn’t have to happen,” although this particular figure was at the low end of what CDC officials had at one time predicted the death count to be.
Both Dr. Birx and Dr. Fauci predicted that if the U.S. hadn’t taken specific actions, the death toll could have risen to between 100,000 to 240,000.
Harris’ claim was exactly at the low end of what the death rate was predicted to be. Her claim was not fact checked by Twitter.
Over 1.6 million people in the United States have tested positive for coronavirus.
Almost 100,000 have died.
Nearly 40 million Americans have filed for unemployment.
Trump was briefed on this threat in January. This full-blown public health crisis didn’t have to happen.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) May 26, 2020
- W.H.O claimed back in January that there was “no evidence of human-to-human transmission of the coronavirus”—not fact checked by Twitter.
The World Health Organization followed the propaganda fed them by Chinese government investigators in Wuhan, which was where the coronavirus came from.
The W.H.O, in a tweet, said that there was “no clear evidence” of human-to-human transmission of the virus.
This claim, which has (obviously) been proven false is STILL on Twitter without an official Twitter “fact check” label on it.
Preliminary investigations conducted by the Chinese authorities have found no clear evidence of human-to-human transmission of the novel #coronavirus (2019-nCoV) identified in #Wuhan, #China🇨🇳. pic.twitter.com/Fnl5P877VG
— World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) January 14, 2020
Breitbart noted that there are a number of other tweets still on the Twitter platform that are lies, which have been spread by Democrats, foreign assets, and the media.
They cited the smear of the kids from Covington High School, Adam Schiff’s disproven Russia collusion and Trump-Ukraine transcripts, the Steele dossier and other number of since disproven claims.
Twitter claims that the warning labels are intended to “provide additional explanations or clarifications in situations where the risks of harm associated with a Tweet are less severe but where people may still be confused or misled by the content.
This will make it easier to find facts and make informed decisions about what people see on Twitter.”
In other words, they will use biased anti-Trump, anti-Conservative, left-wing progressive “site integrity” warriors.
As promised, the Jedi has returned. President Trump on Thursday issued an executive order which will hopefully restore some sanity to social media censorship zealots.
The order calls for new regulations which would remove legal liability protections from social media companies, who engage in censorship and promote political conduct on their sites.
Social media has been allowed to operate unchecked for years while protected by federal law.
Silicon Valley giants now act as the arbiters of truth, censoring or labeling posts they disagree with, but they cannot be trusted to be honest and fair.https://t.co/b3Y1Yqp6Cf
— Brad Parscale (@parscale) May 28, 2020
There is an article in the Communications Decency Act signed in 1996 under Section 230 which gives social media companies protection from liability.
The difference between social media companies and news organizations is that the latter can be sued for libel if they publish false information with “actual malice.”
A 1964 Supreme Court decision decided that this was defined as “knowledge that it was false or with reckless disregard of whether it was false or not.”
What leaves Twitter in legal jeopardy is that by reviewing only a small number of tweets and fact-checking them, Twitter is essentially exercising “editorial judgment and deciding what people are told is true,” according to Jim Hanson’s opinion piece.
The executive order signed by Trump says that social media companies which remove or restrict content should be exposed to liability “like any traditional editor and publisher that is not an online provider.”
This order will likely end up in court.
It’s kind of interesting that when media companies across the country seem to have no problem with restricting the first amendment rights of people to protest the lockdown orders issued by over-zealous governors, they have a big problem with one of them getting a dose.
The difference is nobody is restricting speech on any of the social media platforms. It is just defining the ones who exercise editorial license such as Twitter as publishers as opposed to unbiased platforms.
It will make for an interesting case.
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