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Twitter and Facebook again on Monday fact-checked posts by President Donald Trump claiming that the ballots counted after the Pennsylvania elections would lead to “rampant and uncontrolled fraud” and “street violence”.


Key factors

Trump posted on Facebook and Twitter that a recent Supreme Court ruling refusing to reset the state’s extension of the statutory deadline for receiving postal ballot papers is leading to “rampant and uncontrolled fraud” and undermining our entire legal system would. It will also cause violence in the streets. Something has to be done! “

Twitter has put Trump’s post behind a label stating that it is “controversial and could be misleading about an election or other civic process”.

Twitter took the same action last week against a Trump tweet claiming “major problems and inconsistencies with Mail In Ballots in the US,” while Facebook removed a Trump post last month claiming the flu is more deadly than the coronavirus.

Facebook also put a label under Trump’s Post reading: “Both personal and postal votes have a long history of trustworthiness in the US. Voting fraud is extremely rare with any voting method. “

Key background

Trump has cast doubts about the mail-in vote for months by mistakenly linking it to widespread fraud. In addition to Pennsylvania, the Republican Party in Texas, Nevada, Alabama, South Carolina, and other states in the United States has waged a widespread legal battle against mail-in or curb voting. However, campaigning in Pennsylvania is important because the state is a must for Trump. If Trump loses Pennsylvania, FiveThirtyEight predicts Trump only has a 1 in 100 chance of winning the election.

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Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter, and Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, were harassed last week by Senate Republicans over flagging posts by Conservatives who claim social media companies are biased against them. The hearing was about Section 230, a legal provision that ensures technology companies cannot be held responsible for what is posted on their platforms. Republicans will likely use Monday’s measures as further justification for repealing Section 230. Democrats, too, want reform because they claim social media companies are not doing enough to tackle misinformation and hate speech.