A president who has lied while in office over 18,000 times, according to the Washington Post , is finally receiving a tender pat on the wrist by one of the world’s corporate behemoths that beneficently presides over the flow of public information.
Washington (CNN Business) For the first time, Twitter called tweets from Donald Trump “potentially misleading” — a decision that prompted the president to accuse the social media platform of election meddling.On Tuesday, Twitter highlighted two of Trump’s tweets that falsely claimed mail-in ballots would lead to widespread voter fraud, appending a message the company has introduced to combat misinformation and disputed or unverified claims.“Get the facts about mail-in ballots,” read the message beneath each tweet. It linked to a curated fact-check page the platform had created filled with further links and summaries of news articles debunking the assertion.
Sounds great, huh? Here is Twitter’s useless gesture in practice:
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
What, you didn’t see it? That’s because you actually have to click on the Tweet to get the (decidedly ambivalent) message: “Get the facts about mail-in ballots.” Which no knuckle-dragging Trump-supporting fool is ever likely to click. In fact, even if he/she saw it, they would probably assume that it was something that would affirm the Tweet in the first place. If you simply copy the Tweet and repost it (which is what most people eager to spread Trump’s lies would do), you don’t ever see the “disclaimer.” Nor does anyone else.
And don’t even suggest to me that Joe Dorsey doesn’t understand how his medium works.
Don’t look to our Silicon Valley corporate overlords to stop the relentless flow of lies from this administration.
Not gonna happen.