The Twitter account of US President Donald Trump has been flagged on a near-daily basis in the aftermath of the 2020 election, but now Twitter is taking their moderation a step further.
Previously, Twitter’s noticed on Trump’s tweets were somewhat diplomatic, stating that “multiple sources called this election differently,” while linking to other news sources that disputed his claims.
However, now that the Electoral College has confirmed President-elect Joe Biden’s victory, Twitter has changed the warning label on Trump’s tweets to “election officials have certified Joe Biden as the winner of the U.S. Presidential election.”
One of Trump’s flagged tweets included the claim that ‘The lie of the year is that Joe Biden won!’
Another tweet suggested that the recently reported cyber-attack was “fake news.”
“Russia, Russia, Russia is the priority chant when anything happens because Lamestream is, for mostly financial reasons, petrified of […] discussing the possibility that it may be China (it may!),” Trump said.
A joint statement released November 12 by a group of national, state, and private election officials states the 2020 election voting process has been “the most secure in American history”, adding that, “There is no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised.”
Once he leaves office, Trump will face more restrictions on Twitter if he continues to get in trouble for his posts. According to a report this week from Bloomberg, Twitter confirmed that Trump’s account will fall under the same rules as everyone else when he leaves office.
There are many cases where Trump is currently given a pass for violating Twitter’s rules because the company feels that world leaders should have their views on record so they can be judged accordingly.
If he breaks Twitter’s rules too often, which includes inciting violence or spreading misinformation, Trump could see his account banned or heavily restricted.
“A critical function of our service is providing a place where people can openly and publicly respond to their leaders and hold them accountable. With this in mind, there are certain cases where it may be in the public’s interest to have access to certain tweets, even if they would otherwise be in violation of our rules,” a Twitter spokesman said in a statement.
“It’s preserving a record of what is said in the public interest,” said Vijaya Gadde, a lawyer for Twitter previously said.
Twitter has also indicated in a recent statement that they plan on handing over the presidential @POTUS Twitter handle to President-elect Joe Biden the moment he’s sworn into office at noon on Inauguration Day, even if President Donald Trump refuses to concede.
The company says that no information will be carried along with the account when it transfers. The Biden team will be getting a fresh account with zero tweets and an empty inbox.
However, this may not be such a huge deal for Trump, considering that he has a separate personal Twitter account @realDonaldTrump, which has far more followers than the @POTUS account, and it is also where he did most of his tweeting.