President Donald Trump Thursday morning retweeted a right-wing group reportedly accused of engaging in voter intimidation, adding his own voter intimidation tweet to the post. It took Twitter more than four hours to react.
Instead of deleting the dangerous misinformation, or hiding the tweet behind a warning label, Twitter merely added an offer: "Learn how voting by mail is safe and secure."
What did Trump say?
"Because of the new and unprecedented massive amount of unsolicited ballots which will be sent to 'voters', or wherever, this year, the Nov 3rd Election result may NEVER BE ACCURATELY DETERMINED, which is what some want. Another election disaster yesterday. Stop Ballot Madness!"
That is a false claim.
Twitter did not label it false or misleading, but explained they did so as part of their "Civic Integrity Policy."
We’ve added a label to this Tweet for making a potentially misleading statement regarding the process of mail-in vo… https://t.co/1IZuEqwRKu— Twitter Safety (@Twitter Safety)1600356694.0
The response to Twitter's seemingly impotent action was quick:
That's not enough, Twitter. Do better. https://t.co/w2B1o648qe— Michael R. Klozotsky (@Michael R. Klozotsky)1600361360.0
If only you had a way to make sure that nobody saw this tweet containing a misleading statement regarding the proce… https://t.co/aCGmoSO6t9— Jamison Foser (@Jamison Foser)1600360921.0
How many times does an account need to violate the rules before it is suspended? https://t.co/XNt7ONpwv5— Josh Schwerin (@Josh Schwerin)1600357029.0
Why does he continue to get away with his lies and misleading statements? There are people that believe every singl… https://t.co/9EiNzVzYry— Mary Burows (@Mary Burows)1600362048.0
You should label the entire account as misleading. https://t.co/QPPblXw0rd— Brian Arner (@Brian Arner)1600357513.0
Too bad Twitter Safety doesn't have the power to delete the tweet and suspend Trump's account... https://t.co/B932I70Z3f— Summer (@Summer)1600362797.0