Twitter has flagged a tweet by US President Donald Trump following claims he violated the social media platform’s rules on misinformation.
In a post on Sunday, Trump tweeted he was immune to Covid-19; a claim that Twitter says violates rules surrounding misleading coronavirus information.
“A total and complete sign off from White House doctors yesterday. That means I can’t get it (immune), and can’t give it. Very nice to know,” Trump tweeted.
A total and complete sign off from White House Doctors yesterday. That means I can’t get it (immune), and can’t give it. Very nice to know!!!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 11, 2020
Twitter has since flagged the post with a disclaimer leading users to additional information on coronavirus.
“This Tweet violated the Twitter Rules about spreading misleading and potentially harmful information related to COVID-19,” the disclaimer reads.
The president first announced that he tested positive for coronavirus on 2nd October. White House officials confirmed on Saturday that Trump was no longer infectious.
Despite flagging the tweet as misleading, Twitter confirmed the post will remain live on the platform as it is within public interest. The decision forms part of Twitter’s position on policing content circulated by elected officials.
“Twitter has determined that it may be in the public’s interest for the Tweet to remain accessible,” the alert message reads.
The latest move marks another scuffle in a long-running spat between Trump and the platform.
In May this year, Trump accused Twitter of “stifling free speech” after it included fact-checking links on a series of misleading posts.
He accused the firm of “interfering in the 2020 presidential election” and issued a warning to the platform.
Contention arose when Trump posted a series of tweets suggesting that mail-in ballots will be fraudulent and forged. His comments drew widespread criticism from political opponents and prompted Twitter to act.
“There is NO WAY (ZERO!) that Mail-In Ballots will be anything less than substantially fraudulent. Mail boxes will be robbed, ballots will be forged & even illegally printed out & fraudulently signed,” the tweet read.
There is NO WAY (ZERO!) that Mail-In Ballots will be anything less than substantially fraudulent. Mail boxes will be robbed, ballots will be forged & even illegally printed out & fraudulently signed. The Governor of California is sending Ballots to millions of people, anyone…..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 26, 2020
Twitter has also labelled Trump tweets after he posted content which violated its policies on manipulated media and ‘deep fakes’.