US elections: Twitter flags 5 more tweets from Trump, labels them possibly 'misleading'

US elections: Twitter flags 5 more tweets from Trump, labels them possibly 'misleading'

- Before the US elections, Twitter announced it was going to crack the whip on tweeps flouting its policies on sharing messages related to the polls

- Though Trump is not new to being flagged by Twitter, on Wednesday, he received five strikes as he contested the election

- He claimed victory of the election but still went ahead and filed a lawsuit for balloting malpractice in Pennsylvania, Georgia and Michigan

- The electoral college showed Joe Biden is inching closer to the White House having amassed 253 electoral college votes which are only 17 votes shy from 270 required for a candidate to be declared president-elect

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Apart from being a sad day in President Donald Trump's political career, Wednesday, November 4, also proved to be a hard nut to crack for him on Twitter.

US election: Twitter flags 5 more tweets from Trump, labels them possibly 'misleading'
US President Donald Trump (pictured). Photo: Getty Images.
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Trump, who since 2012 has been tweeting wildly and widely, had five of his tweets separately flagged by the social networking service.

The platform founded by Jack Dorsey labelled Trump's tweets as "disputed and potentially misleading" as the Republican candidate protested the Tuesday, November 3, poll results.

Trump claims poll rigged

The first tweet to be clamped by Twitter was early on Wednesday morning when Trump shocked the world after he claimed the polls were being rigged in favour of Democratic Party nominee Joe Biden.

He also complained that mailed-in ballots were being received and counted beyond official time.

Twitter blocked the message from being retweeted and prompted users to visit a page with poll regulations which stated that "ballots counted after election day are legitimate as long as they were cast on or before November 3, as per state-by-state rules."

US election: Twitter flags 5 more tweets from Trump, labels them possibly 'misleading'
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey. Photo: Getty Images.
Source: Getty Images

Supreme Court ruling

Earlier, Trump had protested a ruling by the supreme court that allowed vote-counting to continue in some states days after the election.

According to Trump, the decision was dangerous and was going to plunge the US into violence. This came after he said the poll was likely to end up as a disputed one at the Supreme Court.

After the first warning, Twitter further flagged another message where Trump appeared to claim victory of the poll, alleging that his votes started to "disappear magically", shortly after being at the top.

The message was struck by Twitter and the platform informed tweeps that candidates could not declare themselves winners in an election.

Here are other tweets from Trump that were flagged by Twitter on Wednesday:

Twitter crackdown

Before the election, Twitter had declared it would launch a crackdown on tweets that did not meet its standards during the poll period and possibly remove those that threatened to incite citizens.

The moved to control election information by Twitter has put CEO Dorsey on a warpath with Trump and some of his supporters.

Recently, a lawmaker allied to Trump asked the CEO "who appointed you" to control peoples' freedom of expression on Twitter.

On Facebook, no serious action was taken against similar messages shared by Trump but the Mark Zuckerberg founded platform, just like Twitter, provided additional information to counter the president's claims.

As of early Thursday, November 5, Trump had filed lawsuits in Pennsylvania, Georgia and Michigan, protesting the balloting process.

He claimed that poll staffers were "only looking for Biden's" votes and referred to this as "disenfranchising voters".

Electoral college

On the electoral college, Biden appeared to inch closer to White House with his votes standing at 253 against Trump's 213.

For a candidate to be declared the winner, he or she must have at least 270 votes from the electoral college.

Biden had asked his supporters to keep calm, wait for tallying to be complete and expressed confidence that "he was going to win" the poll.

"I am confident we will emerge victoriously, but this will not be my victory or our victory alone. It will be a victory for the American people, for our democracy, for America," said Biden.

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