Twitter Flags Trump Tweet Alleging Effort to 'Steal Election' as Misleading

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Donald Trump speaks to staff members while his son in-law and senior advisor Jared Kushner and his White House Press Secratary Kayleigh McEnany as he visits his presidential campaign headquarters on Election Day in nearby Arlington, Virginia, U.S., November 3, 2020.
Donald Trump speaks to staff members while his son in-law and senior advisor Jared Kushner and his White House Press Secratary Kayleigh McEnany as he visits his presidential campaign headquarters on ECredit: Tom Brenner/Reuters

Twitter Inc flagged President Donald Trump's tweet alleging an effort to '"steal the election" as potentially misleading.

"We placed a warning on a Tweet from @realDonaldTrump for making a potentially misleading claim about an election," Twitter said early Wednesday. The Republican president said without evidence that "they are trying to STEAL the Election. We will never let them do it."

In an election night speech, Biden claimed, "it ain't over until every vote is counted," adding, "but we feel good about where we are." Biden urged patience as the ballot count unfolds.

Trump responded in a tweet, "We are up BIG, but they are trying to STEAL the Election. We will never let them do it. Votes cannot be cast after the Polls are closed!" The president did not cite any evidence for this claim and Twitter labeled the tweet as "potentially misleading."

The president had initially tweeted "Votes cannot be cast after the Poles are closed!" and then deleted the tweet, rewriting it with the correct spelling. 

The president's original tweet that was later deleted. Credit: Screenshot / Twitter

Facebook Inc said on Wednesday it had added labels to social media posts by both U.S. presidential candidates explaining that election vote counts were still ongoing.

"Once President Trump began making premature claims of victory, we started running notifications on Facebook and Instagram that votes are still being counted and a winner is not projected," Facebook said in a statement.

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