A post by US President Donald Trump has been given a fact-check label by Twitter for the first time.
Mr Trump tweeted, without providing evidence: “There is NO WAY (ZERO!) that Mail-In Ballots will be anything less than substantially fraudulent.”
Twitter put a warning label in the post and a subsequent tweet under its new policy on misleading information.
Donald Trump responded by tweeting again, saying the social media giant “is completely stifling free speech”.
Twitter’s notification displays a blue exclamation mark underneath the tweets, suggesting readers “get the facts about mail-in ballots”.
Twitter’s link directs users to a page on which Mr Trump’s claims about mail-in ballots are described as “unsubstantiated”. The social media company cites reporting on the issue by CNN, the Washington Post and others.
This is followed by a “what you need to know” section where Twitter corrects what it says are false claims by the US president.
The social media company had pledged to increase the warning labels under false or misleading information on its site – but it has been slow to take steps against the US president.
Twitter updated its policies on warning labels early this month.
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