NEWS ALERT | Twitter, Facebook Face Labeling Test On Trump’s Election Posts

MILAN – – Facebook and Twitter flagged some of President Donald Trump’s posts on the U.S. election as votes were still being counted, in a real-time test of their rules on handling misinformation and premature claims of victory.

The two companies have been under fierce scrutiny over they police rapidly spreading false information and election-related abuses of their platforms. In the weeks before Tuesday’s vote, both vowed action on post by candidates trying to declare early victory.

Twitter hid a Trump tweet that claimed ‘we are up BIG, but they are trying to STEAL the Election’, behind a label that said it was potentially misleading. The company also restricted users’ ability to share the post.

Facebook added a label to the same post that said ‘final results may be different from initial vote counts as ballot counting will continue for days or weeks’.

Twitter did not label a separate post, in which Trump declared: ‘A bin WIN!’ a spokeswoman said this was because the language was vague and unclear on what victory was being claimed.

Facebook added a notice to that post saying: ‘votes are still being counted. The winner of the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election has been projected’.

A Facebook spokesman said it would run top – of – feed – notifications saying the same thing on Facebook and its photo-sharing site Instagram. Automatic labels would also start being applied to both candidates’ posts with this information.

A Facebook spokeswoman said it would not flag premature claims of state wins, only of the final result of the presidential race.

Twitter first began adding fact-checking labels to Trump’s tweets in May. Facebook, which has been criticized by some lawmakers and employees for not taking action on inflammatory or misleading posts from the president, has also  introduced more labels around the election.

On Wednesday, a group of Facebook critics who recently formed their own rival ‘oversight board’ to review its content moderation, appeared to criticize the company for not restricting the reach of Trump’s labeled content, tweeting: You. Can.Still.Share. The. Post. #DoYourJob.’

Trump claimed in a speech live-streamed on both platforms that he had won the lection, with millions of votes still uncounted. His Democratic rival Joe Biden said earlier he was confident of winning the contest.

Facebook labeled the video, which had 2.6 million views on Wednesday morning, with a warning saying vote counting could continue for days or weeks. The video had no label or warning on Twitter, where it was posted by the Trump campaign and retweeted by the president.

‘Recordings or clips of the press conference on their own are not a violation of  our policies’, a Twitter spokeswoman said.

Alphabet Inc’s Google video service YouTube added a panel that said ‘results may not be final’ to election – related videos and directed users to a Google search for the election results.

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Saudi Arabia To Lift Entry Ban From Six Countries, Including Egypt, Pakistan And India

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Saudi Arabia Working On 160 Privatisation, Says Finance Minister

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