Twitter flagged a tweet from President Trump questioning the use of mailboxes for the November election. The president claimed, without citing evidence, that the boxes "allowed a person to vote multiple times" and represented a "voter safety disaster" that was "not remedied by Covid."
Twitter put a label on the tweet on Sunday morning that read, “This tweet violated Twitter's rules on the integrity of citizens and elections. However, Twitter has determined that it may be in the public interest that the tweet remain available. “A“ Learn More ”link leads to Twitter's rules for exceptions of public interest.
"We added a public interest interstitial to this tweet because it violated our Citizens' Integrity Policy and made misleading health claims that could potentially deter people from voting," a Twitter spokesman said on Sunday in an email to The Verge. "We have taken action because the tweet is against our rules, but we kept the tweet on Twitter as it is important that the public can continue to see the tweet as it is relevant to ongoing matters of public concern."
The engagement for the tweet will be limited, the spokesman added: "As usual in this announcement, the engagements for the tweet are limited. People can retweet with comments but dislike, reply, or retweet. "
It's not the first time that one of the President's tweets has been flagged for posting inaccurate information about votes and elections. On May 26, Twitter labeled two tweets from the president's account for making false statements about the mail-in vote. This was the first time the platform had checked Trump's tweets. The tweets in question falsely claimed that "mail-in ballot papers are far from essentially fraudulent" and would result in "a rigged election". Twitter described the tweets as "potentially misleading" and added that "fact checkers say there is no evidence that mail-in ballot papers have been linked to election fraud".
UPDATE Aug 23 1:01 PM ET: Added comment from Twitter spokesman.