US President Donald Trump has threatened to shut down social media platforms after Twitter added a fact check to two of his tweets concerning claims about widespread mail-in voting fraud.
The development is the first to have happened to the US leader who has described the phenomenon as a deliberate move to silence voices of conservatives.
President Trump, in a tweet said “Republicans feel that Social Media Platforms totally silence conservative voices. We will strongly regulate, or close them down, before we can ever allow this to happen.”
Hours later, he singled out Twitter, saying that everything “We have being saying about them (and their other compatriots) is correct ” and that there will be “Big action to follow.”
Twitter however responded on Wednesday night, defending its decision to label two of Trump’s tweets.
“We added a label to two @realDonaldTrump Tweets about California’s vote-by-mail plans as part of our efforts to enforce our civic integrity policy,” the company tweeted. “We believe those Tweets could confuse voters about what they need to do to receive a ballot and participate in the election process.”
Twitter also shared a link to its “Civic integrity policy,” which states that people can’t use its platform for manipulating or interfering in elections.
“This includes posting or sharing content that may suppress participation or mislead people about when, where, or how to participate in a civic process,” the policy says.