Donald Trump tweeted Monday night that there were "big problems" with postal ballot papers in a tweet that was quickly flagged as misleading and blocked from sharing.
"Big problems and inconsistencies with Mail In Ballots in the US," he tweeted.
"Must have final total on November 3rd."
It was unclear what he meant by "grand total".
Donald Trump, pictured on Monday night, tweeted that there were "big problems" with the vote
He could have asked for the election results to be announced on the night of November 3rd.
In 2016, it was declared at 2 a.m. after a long night of anticipation.
Many experts believe that the outcome of this year's competition will not be known for several days, given the unprecedented number of mail-in votes and the fact that many states do not allow the mail-in ballots to be counted until election day itself.
He could have asked for all postal ballot papers to be received by November 3rd.
Some states, particularly Pennsylvania, will still count votes postmarked November 3 if they arrive three days later.
The case has been bitterly fought and ended last week in the Supreme Court, which ruled the three-day policy could stand.
Republicans are hoping to ask the Supreme Court to look into the matter again in depth, and hope that with Amy Coney Barrett, now officially appointed, they will have the vote to change the decision and vote in Pennsylvania to end on November 3rd.
The Supreme Court has not yet agreed to take the case – which is vital given Pennsylvania's position as a swing state with 20 votes on the electoral college.
Facebook has also flagged the tweet posted on Trump's page as problematic.
They added a warning stating that the results "may not be available for days or weeks".
Facebook users who wanted to share Trump's tweet were allowed to share the warning message instead.
When they clicked on it, it led to the Facebook Voting Information Center.
Twitter has flagged Trump's tweet as misleading and added the disclaimer: "Some or all of the content shared in this tweet is controversial and can be misleading about how to vote in an election or other citizenship process."
The tweet couldn't be liked or retweeted directly: instead of a simple retweet, the words were protected with a warning that the content was misleading.
They then reconnected with their & # 39;Civil Integrity Policy& # 39 ;.
"The public conversation on Twitter is never more important than in elections and other civil events," write the authors.
"Any attempt to undermine the integrity of our service is contrary to our fundamental rights and undermines the fundamental principles of freedom of expression, the value on which our company is based."
The company announced that it would suspend accounts for "serious or repeated violations of this policy".
The users were given a sign that read: "Find out how secure it is to vote by post".
There was a "What You Need to Know" section on the page that stated that "the USPS says it is poised for the expected increase in mail due to the elections".
Twitter linked users back to a page explaining the mail-in voting system
Utah (above) is one of several states that will submit postal ballot papers for presidential elections
Utah County poll workers are delivering sealed boxes of ballot papers to be delivered to the Provo polling station on Monday
The new guidelines were rolled out on October 20 and will be temporary, Twitter said.
Twitter has often flagged the President's Tweets as violating their guidelines.
His tweets in response to George Floyd's protests were deemed violent, while his tweets about the coronavirus pandemic were deemed misleading.
Trump and his team are trying to use this to their advantage, claiming that they are fighting not only the Democrats but also the media and tech companies with fake news.
When the new policy was announced by Twitter, the Trump campaign reacted angrily, calling it "extremely dangerous to our democracy".
"After months of big tech censorship against President Trump, the unelected coastal liberal elites of Silicon Valley are again trying to sway this election in favor of their preferred ticket by silencing the president and his supporters," said Samantha Zager, deputy national Press officer for the Trump campaign.
On Friday, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee announced that the executives of Twitter and Facebook will testify before the November 17 panel that they have decided to block stories making allegations about the son of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.
The judiciary committee voted on Thursday to summon the two CEOs.
Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter, is due to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee next month
Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg will also appear voluntarily
Executives will testify on allegations of anti-conservative bias, the committee said.
The companies were heavily criticized by conservatives for choosing to spread two New York Post stories as disinformation.
The companies were heavily criticized by conservatives for choosing to spread the Post stories as disinformation and to censor the story
The CEOs of Facebook, Twitter and Alphabet Inc will testify before the Senate Commerce Committee on October 28th about an important law protecting Internet businesses.
Trump and many Republican lawmakers continued to criticize tech companies for allegedly suppressing conservative voices.
Both hearings aim to discuss the matter.
The hearings come just over a week after Dorsey apologized after Twitter blocked a story about Biden and its business in Ukraine that led to allegations of censorship and election meddling.
Many say it shows the bias of big tech to the left, as many anti-Trump stories have been posted and shared online without intervention over the years, despite opposition from the president or the Conservatives.
Dorsey tweeted that his company's actions were "unacceptable", stating that Twitter's decision that it was "unacceptable" had not been adequately communicated, but he persisted in the decision to block it.
& # 39; Our communication about our promotions on the NYPost article hasn't been great. And blocking url sharing via tweet or DM with no context why we're blocking: unacceptable, "he said.
He then linked a company statement that the link was restricted because the story shared "personal and private information".
Hunter and Joe Biden. The Post story goes that while Joe was Vice President, Joe had a meeting with a Ukrainian businessman after being introduced to him by Hunter eight months before pressuring Ukrainian officials to fire a prosecutor who was investigating the businessman
The Post story goes that the former vice president met Ukrainian businessman Vadym Pozharskyi as an employee of his son Hunter, months before Biden pressured Ukrainian officials to fire a prosecutor who was investigating Pozharskyi's company.
Twitter claimed they restricted the articles because they contained personal information like phone numbers as well as hacked information.
"The pictures included in the articles contain personal and private information – such as email addresses and phone numbers – that violate our rules," the company said.
& # 39; We currently consider materials contained in the articles also to be a violation of our Hacked Materials Policy.
& # 39; Comments or discussions about hacked materials, e.g. B. Items that cover these, but do not contain or associate any materials, are not in violation of this policy.
"Our policy only applies to links to, or images of, hacked material itself," she concluded.
Facebook and Twitter were accused of "throttling the election" of throttling the article.
Facebook claimed it had to be independently verified by fact checkers before it could be shared on their platforms.
The social network has decided to reduce the circulation of the article until it has been verified by its own third-party "fact checkers".
In an editorial, the New York Post also denied the hacking claims, stating that the original story explains where the material came from.
"Our story explains where the information came from, and a Senate committee has now confirmed that it received the files from the same source," he said.
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