Twitter updated its policies Thursday to remove or label posts that “incite violence” if President Donald Trump does not willingly leave the White House if he loses to former Vice President Joe Biden.
The platform will now prohibit “misleading claims about the results,” early claims of victory by either side, or “inciting unlawful conduct” to prevent a peaceful handover of power, Twitter explained in a blog post. The blog did not detail what criteria moderators will use to determine which posts should get removed and which ones should get labeled.
Twitter will also either apply fact-check labels to or hide tweets containing “false or misleading information that causes confusion” regarding the electoral process, or posts with “unverified information about election rigging.” Several of Trump’s critics promoted conspiracy theories in August suggesting the Trump administration was removing mailboxes to suppress votes.
Twitter has labeled Trump’s tweets in the past for violating the company’s Civic Integrity Policy, which prevents users from posting content that might dissuade people from voting. (RELATED: Twitter Labels Another Trump Tweet For Voter Misinformation, Still Hasn’t Flagged Post Office Conspiracy Theories)
Moderators fact-checked a tweet by Trump in May in which he argued that California’s mail-in ballots