Twitter forced a Democratic candidate to delete a tweet from August. He had violated the rules of the social media platform against the suppression of voters and urged supporters of President Trump to vote on the day after the general election in November.
The social media company’s actions come after crackdowns on false or misleading statements on the platform, including those of Trump and his campaigners, and criticism from many Republicans that Twitter discriminates against conservatives.
Twitter informed Democrat Elizabeth Hernandez’s campaign, faced with GOP MP Kevin Brady for his seat in the 8th Congressional District of Texas, that her August 1
CNN’S JAKE TAPPER: REPUBLICANS WOULD EXTREME IF THE “NORM BUSTING” CONVENTION LIKE TRUMP
Hernandez’s official campaign report responded to a message from a Twitter user wishing her luck and complaining that her Texas relatives were Trump supporters.
“Thank you! And remind all of your Trump supporters to vote on Wednesday November 4th! (As they are Trump supporters, they could fall for it. Just say …)” replied the Hernandez campaign along with a laughing emoji.
Twitter said it prohibits “posting or sharing content that may stifle participation or mislead people about when, where or how to participate in a citizenship process”.
The tweet was active for two weeks before it was flagged, and Twitter said it would prevent Hernandez’s campaign from accessing her account until the tweet was removed.
The Texas Democrat campaign said a staff member joked the answer, but agreed to remove the tweet.
“In a happy exchange with supporters on Twitter, one of our campaign staff was a little too casual with his words. The emoji at the end of the tweet indicates that the tweet was made as a joke and was not intended to mislead anyone,” said spokesman Christopher Phipps said in an email to Politico. “But when Twitter drew our attention to the tweet, we took precautionary measures to remove it.”
CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP
Twitter’s move contradicts the narrative put forward by Trump and other Republicans that Twitter favors Democrats and left-wing politics.
In May, Trump signed an executive order that interpreted Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996 (CDA) to prevent technology companies engaged in censorship and political behavior from providing statutory liability protection.
The president’s order, which will also cut federal funding for social media platforms that censor users’ political views, came just two days after Twitter took the unprecedented move, two of Trump’s tweets with a “misleading” warning label on his allegations of the risk of being fraudulent with mail-in voting.
The company has also reported tweets from the president alleging “glorifying violence” during the outbreak of the George Floyd protests.