Trump and allies spew election fraud vomit faster than social media platforms can clean it up

first_imgAt one point on Wednesday, Eric, White House Press Sec. Kayleigh McEnany, and other Trumpers decided they would simply call Pennsylvania for Trump.“VICTORY for President @realDonaldTrump in PENNSYLVANIA!!” McEnany declared in a tweet that Twitter later flagged, writing, “Official sources may not have called the race when this was Tweeted.”Again, why not simply block that tweet? No one except the voices in Trump’s head had called Pennsylvania for him.- Advertisement – The site’s Twitter account worked in real time to fact check false claims spreading on Twitter, such as the notion that Trump still led Michigan.xSocial media users are sharing a link to the Michigan election night reporting website to incorrectly claim that Donald Trump still leads the state. Although this is the official site, the website is updated from local results and appears to lag behind other reporting outlets. pic.twitter.com/la2HwzZudr— Election Integrity Partnership (@2020Partnership) November 5, 2020Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia, ranking member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said the social media platforms had failed to limit the reach of Trump’s propaganda machine.“With every policy the platforms belatedly announce, we’ve continued to see Trump and his allies flout and circumvent them,” he said in a statement. “The consequences here are dire: As the President and his campaign grow more desperate, they are willing to spread even more inflammatory and dangerous falsehoods, with the very real possibility of prompting violence.”But Trump’s reach also went beyond social media, with the campaign pelting supporters with some 9 million texts between midnight and midday Wednesday, according to the Post. Their main claim raised alarms about a stolen election paired with a fundraising ask to support the legal battles ahead.The bottom line is, anyone who’s ceaselessly willing to lie and spread disinformation in this digital age can find a way to do that, particularly if their supporters rely on a single news source or a narrow universe of likeminded outlets to get their information. But social media platforms continue to complicate the matter, amplifying the very lies they are supposedly aiming to control. xANY VOTE THAT CAME IN AFTER ELECTION DAY WILL NOT BE COUNTED!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 5, 2020In some cases, retweets by Trump and Co. have been so flagrantly false they’ve led to the suspension of the accounts from which they originated. That’s what happened when Eric Trump retweeted video from a QAnon conspiracy account claiming to show the ballots of Trump voters being burned, according to The Washington Post. In actuality, those ballots were sample ballots and it was simply a wild hoax intended to inflame Trump supporters, who always seem just a hair trigger away from violent fury.- Advertisement – Twitter’s failures aside, Trump and his associates are now building upon the voter fraud narrative they have been plugging for months to attack the counting process. “They’ve shifted their tactics, after months-long attacks on voting by mail, to saying that the voting process and the vote-tallying process is rigged,” said Joan Donovan, director of the Technology and Social Change Research Project at Harvard’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy. “They are priming the public, and laying the groundwork for legal challenges to mail-in voting and to the voting processes.”Even as social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook have raced to respond to the firehouse of Trumpian disinformation, much of it still circulated to tens of thousands of people. “Tweets from the president that Twitter had labeled around Election Day had been shared more than 156,000 times by Wednesday evening,” wrote the Post, citing data from the Election Integrity Partnership.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img

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