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Donald Trump on Saturday had another post tagged by Twitter, this time for potentially encouraging voter fraud.
“We placed a public interest notice on this Tweet for violating our Civic Integrity Policy, specifically for encouraging people to potentially vote twice,” Twitter explained after the president posted: “NORTH CAROLINA: To make sure your Ballot COUNTS, sign & send it in EARLY. When Polls open, go to your Polling Place to see if it was COUNTED. IF NOT, VOTE! Your signed Ballot will not count because your vote has been posted. Don’t let them illegally take your vote away from you!”
Twitter further explained, “To protect people on Twitter, we err on the side of limiting the circulation of Tweets which advise people to take actions which could be illegal in the context of voting or result in the invalidation of their votes.”
We placed a public interest notice on this Tweet for violating our Civic Integrity Policy, specifically for encouraging people to potentially vote twice. https://t.co/yy674OE26n
— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) September 12, 2020
The move comes days after the social media platform announced it expanded policies against election-related misinformation, thereby setting new rules for more aggressive fact-checking.
This is not the first time Trump suggested residents of North Carolina vote twice, encouraging it earlier this month. Voting twice is illegal.
Trump previously had a post tagged for seemingly attempting to interfere with the election process. Last month, Twitter tagged a post in which it appeared the president was attempting to dissuade people from voting in the upcoming election.
At that time, Trump tweeted, “So now the Democrats are using Mail Drop Boxes, which are a voter security disaster. Among other things, they make it possible for a person to vote multiple times. Also, who controls them, are they placed in Republican or Democrat areas? They are not COVID sanitized. A big fraud!”
The social media platform in turn tagged the post for breaking its rules about “civic and election integrity” and released an explanation under its Twitter Safety handle.
“We placed a public interest notice on this Tweet for violating our Civic Integrity Policy for making misleading health claims that could potentially dissuade people from participation in voting,” the Twitter handle shared.
Trump has threatened to crack down on the platform over what he feels is targeted harassment.
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