During his tenure, President Trump relied on Twitter to be his megaphone. But since early Tuesday morning, the company has stepped up its efforts to vet the president and issued warnings to 38 percent of its 29 tweets and retweets (not 39 percent as previously reported here) saying he made misleading claims about the election Trial, according to a review by the New York Times.
In September, Twitter announced it would take aggressive action against tweets that misled readers about the voting process, prevented people from voting, or preemptively declared victory for a candidate. So far, Twitter's enforcement efforts have focused on the president and those around him, such as family members and employees.
Although the President's Twitter use was fairly subdued on Tuesday, he quickly escalated his volume and rhetoric in the early hours of Wednesday. He went on Thursday to use Twitter to make unsubstantiated claims of election fraud, implying that he had won the races in states where no winner had been confirmed.
Twitter added 11 of Mr. Trump's tweets or retweets labels (although a tweet that Mr. Trump shared was later deleted by its author). Most labels stated that Mr. Trump shared content that was "controversial and potentially misleading regarding elections or other civic processes". But a tweet in which Mr. Trump preemptively claimed to have won Pennsylvania, Georgia and North Carolina was tagged with a small reminder that those races had not yet been called.
"Big Tech interfered with President Trump ahead of Election Day, and they continue to interfere in the days that follow as they silence the president on their platforms," said Samantha Zager, assistant national press secretary for the Trump campaign. "The American people deserve to know what happens to these elections, but Big Tech is only interested in stopping the flow of information to the voters."
A Twitter spokesman said the company plans to continue cracking down on tweets that prematurely declare victory or contain misleading information.