In North Carolina on Wednesday, President Trump encouraged those who vote by mail to cast two ballots in November’s election, one by mail and another in person as a check to see if the mailed vote was counted. (Sept. 3)
Facebook and Twitter won’t let President Trump’s suggestion that voters should attempt to vote twice go unaddressed on their social platforms.
Trump on Wednesday told North Carolina voters they should test their state’s election system by voting by mail and then going to the polls to try to vote a second time in person. “Let them send it in and let them go vote, and if the system is as good as they say it is, then obviously they won’t be able to vote,” Trump told local station WECT after arriving in Wilmington, North Carolina.
Facebook on Thursday said that it will remove any videos supporting the president’s suggestion, as well as any videos without captions or context. Those who share the video criticizing the suggestion or noting that voting twice is illegal will be left on the platform, the company says.
“This video violates our policies prohibiting voter fraud and we will remove it unless it is shared to correct the record,” Facebook said in a statement sent to USA TODAY.
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So far, Facebook has not removed any videos supporting Trump’s suggestion, the company says.
However, Twitter has put notices on two of Trump’s tweets Thursday about the voting issue, saying that the posts violate its “Civic Integrity Policy specifically for encouraging people to potentially vote twice.”
Twitter went on to note that voting laws are complex and vary by state. “Our goal is to prevent people from sharing advice about voting twice, which may be illegal,”
Trump’s tweet thread will remain on the site “given its relevance to ongoing public conversation. Engagements with the Tweet will be limited. People will be able to Quote Tweet, but not Like, Reply, or Retweet it.”
“The president does not condone unlawful voting,” White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany told reporters Thursday. Instead, she said, the president was encouraging voters to make sure their votes counted. “The president has been very clear about this. I’m once again not surprised the media is taking the president out of context.”
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