Twitter has labelled Donald Trump’s tweet, accusing the Democratic party of “trying to steal the election”, as misleading. The incumbent US President tweeted “We are up BIG, but they are trying to STEAL the Election. We will never let them do it. Votes cannot be cast after the Polls are closed!”, adding: “I will be making a statement tonight. A big WIN!”
A warning now appears next to the tweet saying: “Some or all of the content shared in this tweet is disputed and might be misleading about an election or other civic process.”
The prompt action from Twitter, which is believed to have hidden the tweet behind the warning only five minutes after it was posted, sparked the shocked reaction of ITV News host Tom Bradby who branded the tweet “incendiary”.
He said: “I guess we are where many people hope we wouldn’t and feared we would be, which is with no clear results, no indication of how it’s going.
“And the President putting out what I think one can only conclude is a highly incendiary tweet.”
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He added: “Admittedly, that has been the narrative that he’s been advancing for a while.
“But to advance it right now when things are so unclear, does seem pretty incendiary.
“That’s not just us saying that, Twitter has chosen to hide that tweet, which is pretty remarkable.”
Twitter said it had placed a warning on Donald Trump’s tweet “for making a potentially misleading claim about an election”.
Despite the uphill battle, Mr Biden took to a stage in Delaware “we’re feeling good about where we are” while hoping for gains in swing states yet to be called.
“I’m here to tell you tonight, we believe we’re on track to win this election,” he told supporters.
“We knew because of the unprecedented early vote, the mail-in vote, that it’s going to take a while, we’re going to have to be patient.
“It ain’t over until every vote is counted, every ballot is counted.”