Trump Alleges 'Surprise Ballot Dumps' in States Where He Was Leading, Twitter Labels It as 'Disputed'
President Donald Trump speaks in the East Room of the White House, early Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Twitter Inc on Wednesday flagged a post by President Donald Trump, which said "surprise ballot dumps" were being found in hotly contested states during the presidential election, as disputed and possibly misleading.
Trump alleged there had been "surprise ballot dumps" in states where he had been leading Democrat Joe Biden in the race for the White House. Trump did not offer any evidence for his allegation of "ballot dumps" and there have been no reports of any irregularities.
Twitter soon labelled Trump's comments as "misleading" and made the comments less visible, and users seeking to read the post were required to click through a warning that "some or all of the content shared in this Tweet is disputed and might be misleading."
A Twitter spokesperson said the action was taken "in line with our Civic Integrity Policy," and would "significantly restrict engagements" with the tweet.
In another tweet, Trump asked, "How come every time they count Mail-In ballot dumps they are so devastating in their percentage and power of destruction?"
How come every time they count Mail-In ballot dumps they are so devastating in their percentage and power of destruction?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 4, 2020
A similar action was taken against an earlier tweet by the president suggesting the Democratic nominee was seeking to "steal" the election.
The Twitter spokesperson said it took action on a number of other comments including premature victory claims by a North Carolina Republican Senate candidate and one comment contending prematurely that Biden had won Wisconsin.
"As votes are still being counted across the country, our teams continue to take enforcement action on Tweets that prematurely declare victory or contain misleading information about the election broadly," Twitter said.
The leads in numerous states have shifted back-and-forth between the candidates as votes are counted.
Trump, who overnight prematurely declared himself the winner of Tuesday's election, has spent months denouncing mail-in ballots, making unsubstantiated claims that they are liable to fraud.
"How come every time they count Mail-In ballot dumps they are so devastating in their percentage and power of destruction?" he tweeted on Wednesday.
Late on Monday, both Twitter and Facebook had flagged posts by Trump claiming a Supreme Court decision on mail-in voting in Pennsylvania would lead to "rampant" fraud and was "very dangerous".
Twitter had hidden the president's tweet behind a label which said the content was "disputed" and "might be misleading."
Trump and his Republican allies have repeatedly said, without evidence, that mail-in votes are prone to fraud, although election experts say that is rare in the elections. Trump's tweet also said the Supreme Court's decision would "induce violence in the streets".