Twitter tonight pinned a warning label on a Trump campaign tweet declaring victory in South Carolina, a high-profile application of a stop-gap measure meant to block misleading information from going viral during these tense hours of election night.
The action came even as multiple news outlets — including The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN and POLITICO — have similarly projected that President Donald Trump will win the state.
“Official sources may not have called the race when this was Tweeted,” reads the label on the tweet, in which the campaign trumpeted that Trump had won the Southern state. The tweet, said the company, violates a rule rolled out for this election that requires such tweets to be backed by calls from at least two of seven specified news organizations. Of those seven, only The Associated Press had called the race for Trump.
Twitter, though, left alone a similar Trump campaign tweet declaring victory in Florida because, the company said, it included a nod to one of Twitter’s seven approved race callers. In a seeming acknowledgment of Twitter’s rules there, the campaign appended to its Florida victory tweet a note reading, “Source:@DecisionDeskHQ.”
A Trump campaign representative did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The country’s biggest social media companies have in recent days said that so-called premature declarations of victory were one of their primary concerns headed into this fraught Election Day, especially on a night expected to be full of close contests across the country. A final verdict on who wins the presidency could take days or weeks depending on how the vote-counting, recounts and assorted court battles play out.
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