While Democrats and progressize organizations are loudly proclaiming victory for Joe Biden, months in advance of the actual election, in private, they may not be so sure. From Hillary Clinton speculating what should be done if President Trump “refuses to leave the White House” to the most recent move by Twitter, there seems to be a lot of internal concern about the upcoming election.
In a recent move, Twitter took steps to let followers know it was ready to act if President Trump tried to declare an early victory. While they did not explain why this would be the case, they did take the time to reassure their progressive audience that they would be quick to censor the President on the very day of the election.
According to Breitbart, the social media giant has already come out to say that they have planned to silence the President — during a critical election evening — if possible. What would be the reason for this unprecendented step? According to the Twitter Blog, it is to protect the rights of users from false information.
“In recognition of the changing circumstances of how people will vote in 2020, and in line with our commitment to protecting the integrity of the election conversation, we’re expanding this existing framework. The goal is to further protect against content that could suppress the vote and help stop the spread of harmful misinformation that could compromise the integrity of an election or other civic process.”
If he has the expected commanding lead over the increasingly forgetful Job Biden, President Trump should avoid calling out this success or indicating he is closer to victory — unless he wants to run afoul of the site’s new guidelines.
Twitter has explained that they feel that an early victory call by the president could influence late voters (and those voting by mail, but it is unclear how that influence would work). While the law applies to “everyone” it has been specifically cited as relating to President Trump. There is no mention of an early Biden claim to victory or success impacting the overall fairness of the election process.
According to Twitter, the tweets (that have not happened yet) about the election (that has not happened yet) could be subject to removal or reduced visibility on one of the most critical days of the year — election day:
“Misleading claims about the results or outcome of a civic process which calls for or could lead to interference with the implementation of the results of the process, e.g. claiming victory before election results have been certified, inciting unlawful conduct to prevent a peaceful transfer of power or orderly succession.”
The brand has indicated it is willing, ready and perhaps even eager to censor or silence the President at will. This is not the first time that Twitter has censored or lowered the visibility of the President’s tweets — and will likely not be the last, as we roll towards election day.