NEW YORK-Democratic senators are asking Twitter to delete the account of President Trump, arguing that before all votes have been tallied in the 2020 general race, none of his messages can be posted.
Virginia Rep. Gerry Connolly said on the social network site that the president, whose Twitter tweets Wednesday protested about the lead of Democratic candidate Joe Biden in mail-in ballots and declared success for himself in Pennsylvania, Georgia, and North Carolina before counting was over, circulated “absolute disinformation.”
“Connolly said,” Suspend his account, @Twitter.” “Valid votes are being tallied. This is the United States, not Russia.’
Rep. David Cicilline of Rhode Island said Trump’s Wednesday comments were ‘a challenge to our democracy.’
A multitude of politicians have recently called on Twitter to block the president, including Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, according to Politico.
Although Trump’s messages have been deleted or flagged by the San Francisco-based site previously, his account has yet to be suspended, The Verge confirmed Wednesday. However, in the runup to Voting Day, the social networking company strengthened its rules on censoring disinformation.
“The San Francisco-based corporation clarified in a Monday post, for example,” if people want to retweet a tweet with a false facts sticker, [they would] see a warning directing them to reliable information before [being] able to escalate it more.
“We can take additional steps, such as inserting an alert or ordering the withdrawal of Posts, if we see material inciting political interference, promoting aggressive behavior or any physical damage,” the firm said.
In a blog post published on the same day, the company said it will now mark or delete tweets that wrongly declare a victory for any candidate and add alerts on deceptive tweets by U.S. political leaders or U.S.-based accounts of more than 100,000 followers. A variety of politicians, including Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen.
Since then, Wednesday posts alleging that President Trump had prevailed in Pennsylvania have been branded by White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany and Eric Trump, the son of the president.
“When this was tweeted, official sources may not have called the race,” the label read, with a link to a page of verified results.
Twitter has a critical role to play in protecting the integrity of the election conversation, and this November, the company wrote, we encourage candidates, campaigns, news outlets and voters to respectfully use Twitter and recognize our collective responsibility to the electorate to ensure a secure, fair and legitimate democratic process.
Six of the president’s 14 tweets and retweets on Nov. 4 have been labeled or hidden thus far! One claimed Democrats were fixing the election in favor of Democratic opponent Joe Biden.
“Last night I was leading, often solidly, in many key States, in almost all instances Democrat run & controlled,” wrote Trump. “Then, one by one, they started to magically disappear as surprise ballot dumps were counted. VERY STRANGE, and the ‘pollsters’ got it completely & historically wrong!”
Twitter, the White House and the Trump campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment from FOX Business.
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