A tweet by US President Donald Trump has been given a fact-check label by Twitter for the first time.
Mr. Trump’s tweet read: “There is NO WAY (ZERO!) that Mail-In Ballots will be anything less than substantially fraudulent.”
Twitter put a warning label under the post and a subsequent tweet under its new policy on misleading information.
President Trump responded with another tweet, saying the social media giant “is completely stifling free speech”. “… As president, (I) will not allow it to happen,” he warned.
He accused Twitter of interfering in the US presidential election scheduled for November 3 2020.
Mr. Trump’s presidential campaign manager Brad Parscale also criticized the social media company.
“There are many reasons we pulled all our advertising from Twitter months ago, and clear political bias is one of them,” he tweeted.
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 the president’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 Mr. Trump.
The company had promised to increase the warning labels under false or misleading information on its site – but it has been slow to take action against the US president.
Early this month, it updated its policies on warning labels.