Trump will lose special Twitter protections when Biden takes office

Trump will lose special Twitter protections when Biden takes office

(Reuters) – US President Donald Trump will be subject to the same Twitter rules as any other user when President-elect Joe Biden takes office on January 20, the social media company confirmed this week.

Twitter posts “public interest” notices on some illegal tweets from “world leaders” that would otherwise be removed. Instead, such tweets from political candidates and elected or government officials are hidden by a warning, and Twitter takes steps to limit their reach.

However, the company said this treatment does not apply to former incumbents.

“This policy framework applies to current world leaders and candidates for office and not to individuals who no longer hold those positions,” a Twitter spokesman said in a statement.

Tweets from the @ realDonaldTrump account have been tagged with multiple warnings and labels, including many since Tuesday’s election that made unsubstantiated allegations of election fraud. Twitter first hid one of Trump’s tweets behind a “public interest” label in May when the president violated the company’s policy of glorifying violence.

According to Facebook’s guidelines, even after Biden took office in January, Trump’s posts no longer appear to be exempt from fact-checking by Facebook’s partners.

Facebook’s online policy states that politicians whose posts are exempt from fact-checking will be defined as candidates for office, current public officials and many of their cabinet members, as well as political parties and their leaders.

It states: “Former candidates for office or former civil servants will continue to be covered by our third party fact-checking program.”

Facebook didn’t respond to Reuters’ questions about how it would treat Trump’s account.

Biden’s victory in Pennsylvania on Saturday put the Democratic presidential candidate above the 270 electoral college vote required for the presidency. Republican Trump has not admitted and vowed to challenge the result in court.

(Reporting by Elizabeth Culliford. Editing by Sandra Maler.)

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