Twitter has placed a warning on a tweet by Donald Trump which it said could potentially ‘encourage people to vote twice’.
The social media giant said the tweet violated its Civic Integrity Policy and blocked it from view.
The US President tweeted: ‘NORTH CAROLINA: To make sure your Ballot COUNTS, sign & send it in EARLY. When Polls open, go to your Polling Place to see if it was COUNTED. IF NOT, VOTE! Your signed Ballot will not count because your vote has been posted. Don’t let them illegally take your vote away from you!’.
A thread from Twitter below Trump’s tweet said that voting twice in North Carolina is illegal.
It added: ‘To protect people on Twitter, we err on the side of limiting the circulation of Tweets which advise people to take actions which could be illegal in the context of voting or result in the invalidation of their votes.’
Twitter has stepped up its monitoring of the president’s activity in recent months and previously blocked a tweet it said glorified violence.
The tweet was referring to protests taking place in the US following the death of unarmed black man George Floyd at the hands of a white police officer.
Trump had threatened to send in the military ‘and get the job done right’ amid the unrest.
He tweeted: ‘When the looting starts, the shooting starts.
These THUGS are dishonouring the memory of George Floyd, and I won’t let that happen. Just spoke to Governor Tim Walz and told him that the military is with him all the way. Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts. Thank you!’
In May Twitter also put a fact-check warning on a tweet that suggested postal voting could lead to fraud.
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