Twitter hid one of U.S. President Donald Trump’s tweets behind a notice warning users that the message violated company rules against dissuading people from voting, The New York Times reports.
Trump posted the tweet, which said that ballot drop boxes were not being sanitized to prevent the coronavirus and could be used for fraud, about five hours before Twitter took action on Sunday, August 23.
Twitter escalated its efforts on Sunday, hiding Trump’s message behind a warning that said it “violated the Twitter Rules about civic and election integrity.” Twitter also restricted other users from sharing, liking or replying to the tweet, a move intended to prevent the message from spreading.
“We placed a public interest notice on this Tweet for violating our Civic Integrity Policy for making misleading health claims that could potentially dissuade people from participation in voting,” a Twitter representative tweeted. A White House spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Twitter has begun enforcing its rules more strictly against Trump as the presidential election approaches. In May, Twitter added fact-check labels to two of Trump’s tweets that contained misinformation about mail-in voting.