And the 2020 US presidential election is proving no different.
Currently, the world is waiting for the outcome of the election. A winner is yet to be announced and the counting of votes continues. However, both Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden have suggested they are on course to win the election. The results, so far, are too close to call while we await several results from 'key states' to come through.
However, the Republican nominee went even further with his remarks by falsely claiming: 'Frankly, we did win this election' and threatening to go to the Supreme Court over unsubstantiated voter fraud claims.
'This is a fraud on the American public,' Trump told a crowd of supporters from the White House. 'This is an embarrassment to our country. We were getting ready to win this election.'
It's worth noting that neither Trump nor anyone else has provided any evidence of 'fraud' and it is too early to call a victory on the outcome of the election.
Trump also took to Twitter to further his baseless allegations of fraud, claiming that the Republicans 'are up BIG' but 'they' - seemingly referring to Biden and the Democrats - 'are trying to STEAL the Election [sic]'.
'We will never let them do it. Votes cannot be cast after the Polls are closed! [sic]' he tweeted as Biden made a statement voicing his confidence that the Democrats 'were on track to win this election', while urging supporters to be patient.
Shortly after posting the tweet, Twitter issued a warning in the form of a disclaimer which reads: 'Some or all of the content shared in this Tweet is disputed and might be misleading about an election or other civic process.'
The tweet was actually a correction on Trump's earlier post, which featured the same content and in which he misspelled 'polls', with the 74-year-old writing 'poles', instead.
He reportedly deleted and reposted the tweet again with the correct spelling - which many commentators on social media appeared to enjoy:
— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) November 4, 2020
For clarity: Ice is melting at the POLES. Votes are still being counted now that the POLLS have closed.
— Arianna Huffington (@ariannahuff) November 4, 2020
Thanks to everyone who worked the pole tonight.
— Rachel Dratch (@TheRealDratch) November 4, 2020
Omg they’re closing the Poles pic.twitter.com/EJrqlEi19x
— Kat Dennings (@OfficialKat) November 4, 2020
AMERICA DESERVES A PRESIDENT WHO KNOWS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN POLES AND POLLS https://t.co/RQfurMvx4D
— Derek Blasberg (@DerekBlasberg) November 4, 2020
The disclaimer from Twitter came after the social media company previously issued a set of guidelines under an 'election integrity policy' including a clause on 'misleading information':
We will label or remove false or misleading information intended to undermine public confidence in an election or other civic process. This includes but is not limited to: disputed claims that could undermine faith in the process itself, such as unverified information about election rigging, ballot tampering, vote tallying, or certification of election results; and 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.
Under these guidelines, Twitter have prohibited people sharing, replying or 'liking' Trump's tweet in order to limit its engagement while the contents of the tweet remain disputed.
In response to Twitter's action, supporters of the president have accused the social media platform of 'censorship'.
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