Just before 7 a.m. Wednesday morning Dutch time, the day after the presidential elections, the first test for Twitter came. President Trump claimedwithout providing evidence that the Democrats want to steal the election.
The platform decided to foreclose the message and add a note stating that the content is “questioned” and “potentially misleading” about the election process. This intervention has since been used ten more times up to the time of publication (Trump also quoted a tweet that was foreclosed).
Facebook also posted reports with messages from Trump, but did not speak of “questioning” or “deception”. Instead, Facebook offers a more general explanation of vote counting and says the results are not yet final.
Another difference: Facebook still allows the sharing of the messages, with Twitter a message can only be shared if it has a comment. Liking and commenting is not possible.
The New York Times reports that Facebook is “alarmed” by the unrest over vote counting. The platform is said to have already made changes that should result in less disinformation circulating and making it less visible.
One of Trump’s posts questioning polling was most popular on Facebook in the US on Thursday: