On Saturday, Twitter said it had “inadvertently” restricted commitments on the tweets of US President Donald Trump with “disputed” labels for a brief time, but later reversed its action. Earlier on Saturday, some users on the social media site found that the option to like, re-tweet or respond to Trump’s tweets with a “disputed” mark was not working.
“We inadvertently took action to limit engagements on the labelled Tweet you referenced. This action has been reversed” stated a Twitter spokesperson. A request for comment was not addressed by the White House.
Recently, Twitter added several notifications and labels to tweets from the US president’s @realDonaldTrump account, including those that made baseless claims of voter fraud in the US elections.
I WON THE ELECTION IN A LANDSLIDE, but remember, I only think in terms of legal votes, not all of the fake voters and fraud that miraculously floated in from everywhere! What a disgrace!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 12, 2020
In May, when the president breached the company’s policy against glorifying abuse, the social media site first concealed one of his tweets behind a “public interest” mark.
When President-elect Joe Biden takes office on January 20, Trump will be subject to the same Twitter rules as any other person, the social media firm said last month.
On certain rule-breaking tweets from “public interest” that would otherwise be deleted, Twitter positions “world leaders” notices.
Instead such tweets from political candidates and elected or government officials are obscured by an alert and steps are taken by Twitter to reduce their scope. Current officeholders are not affected by this treatment.