Twitter has placed “public interest” notices on some tweets from “world leaders” that violate the rules, otherwise these notices will be deleted. Instead, such tweets from political candidates, elected or government officials were warned to hide, and Twitter took action to limit its influence.
But the company said that this treatment does not apply to former office employees.
A Twitter spokesperson said in a statement: “This policy framework applies to current world leaders and candidates. It does not apply to private citizens who no longer hold these positions.”
It has added multiple warnings and tags from its tweets. @realDonaldTrump The account includes many people since the general election on Tuesday who have made baseless allegations of voting fraud. In May of this year, when the president violated the company’s policy to glorify violence, it first hid one of his tweets under the “public interest” label.
Facebook’s online policy says that it defines politicians whose positions are exempt from fact checking, they are candidates for running for public office, current public officials and candidates appointed by many cabinets, as well as political parties and their leaders.
It said: “Our third-party fact-checking program continues to cover candidates for previous positions or former officials.”
Facebook did not respond to Reuters questions about how to treat Trump’s account.
Biden’s victory in Pennsylvania on Saturday allowed the Democratic presidential candidate to exceed the 270 electoral college votes required for a presidential election. Republican Trump did not admit it and vowed to challenge the result in court.
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