If you read my previous post, you may have noticed a brand new Twitter tag on Trump’s latest, misleading tweet: “Electoral officers have certified Joe Biden as the winner of the US presidential election.” Yes, Twitter is now calling the election for Joe Biden on Trump’s own tweets.
Twitter says it’s merely an update to its existing label, designed to ‘reflect the latest information’.
But there is a staggering difference between this label and the previous one from Twitter, which simply states, “Several sources call this election different.” This left room for doubt. Now that the Electoral College has voted, Twitter not only accepts the result, but also uses it to visibly challenge the president’s lie that he won the election.
You can see the first new example below.
Will it prevent Trump from repeatedly tweeting “I won”? Doubtful, but I wouldn’t be surprised if his tweets get a little more creative, if he exudes more anger on Twitter or both.
Here’s what Trump’s misleading statements on Facebook today look like for comparison.