- Donald Trump has threatened to “strongly regulate” or close down social media platforms that do not meet his standards for ideological balance
Twitter has, for the first time, put a snag on Tweets from US President Donald Trump, warning that his claims about mail-in ballots were false and had been debunked by fact-checkers.
Twitter posted a blue exclamation mark alert underneath those tweets, prompting readers to "get the facts about mail-in ballots" and directing them to a page with information aggregated by Twitter staffers about the claims.
A headline at the top of the page stated "Trump makes the unsubstantiated claim that mail-in ballots will lead to voter fraud," and was followed by a "what you need to know" section addressing three specific claims made in the tweets.
Trump went berserk over the rebuff and has accused twitter - in a tweet - of interfering in the 2020 presidential election.
"Twitter is completely stifling FREE SPEECH, and I, as President, will not allow it to happen!" he said.
Trump, who has more than 80 million followers on Twitter, claimed in tweets earlier in the day that mail-in ballots would be "substantially fraudulent" and result in a "rigged election". He also singled out the governor of California over the issue, although the state is not the only one to use mail-in ballots.
In a barrage of tweets by the US President to shade twitter and Social media platforms for stifling free speech, he said