Twitter limits users interacting with Trump’s tweets about ‘stolen’ election

Twitter on Saturday prevented users from liking and replying to a series of tweets from President Trump in which he repeated false claims that he won the election and that the race was “stolen” from him.

In three separate tweets Saturday morning, Trump responded to the Supreme Court’s decision to throw out a lawsuit from Texas aiming to nullify President-elect Joe Biden’s win in Wisconsin, Michigan, Georgia and Pennsylvania.

Trump cited the dissenting opinion from Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito expressing their view that the court is obligated to hear interstate disputes.

Aside from this jurisdictional disagreement, however, those two more conservative justices indicated they joined the court’s seven other members in siding against Texas.

“This is a great and disgraceful miscarriage of justice,” Trump wrote. “The people of the United States were cheated, and our Country disgraced. Never even given our day in Court!”

 

 

In separate tweets limited by Twitter, the president claimed that he “won the election in a landslide” and that Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) and Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) allowed votes to be “stolen” from him.

Both of these states officially certified their votes for Biden, with Arizona awarding the former vice president 11 electoral votes and Georgia giving him 16.

 

 

 

 

Twitter placed a warning label on each of these tweets Saturday, writing, “This claim about election fraud is disputed.”

However, Twitter users were also not able to like or reply to any of the tweets.

 

 

Instead, when users attempt to react to or share the tweet, a message pops up from the platform reading, “we try to prevent a Tweet like this that otherwise breaks the Twitter Rules from reaching more people, so we have disabled most of the ways to engage with it.”

The message also notes that users can still retweet the message with a comment, although the other sharing functions have been removed.

The platform also included a link to an explanation of its rules and regulations, which state that Twitter may take action on specific posts that violate its rules, including limiting the visibility of a specific tweet, requiring a user to remove the tweet or hiding a tweet while awaiting removal.

The Hill has reached out to Twitter for further comment.

Trump has blasted Twitter in the past for its warning labels on his tweets, and has pushed to strip a key liability shield for social media platforms that offers protections for third-party content posted on their sites.

The president’s Saturday tweets are only the latest in a series over the past month promoting false claims about the election and airing his disapproval at states and elected officials that would not overturn results.

On Friday, Trump tweeted that the Supreme Court “really let us down” in its decision to throw out the Texas case.

“No Wisdom, No Courage!” Trump added.

 

 

In a tweet later in the morning Saturday, Trump signaled his plans to continue challenging the election results despite the fact that his claims of widespread voter fraud and voting irregularities have been thrown out by several courts across the country.

“WE HAVE JUST BEGUN TO FIGHT!!!” he wrote.