The head of Twitter’s fact-checking team, Yoel Roth, has a history of anti-Trump tweets. Roth’s prior tweets, which were mostly posted around 2017, emerged after Twitter put a fact-checking warning on President Trump’s posts on Tuesday.
The head of Twitter’s fact-checking team has previously tweeted that the Trump administration are Nazis, compared adviser Kellyanne Conway to Joseph Goebbels, and said fly over states are racist.
Yoel Roth, whose official title at Twitter is head of Site Integrity, faced backlash on Wednesday after his history of anti-Trump tweets emerged less than 24 hours after the social media giant put a fact-checking warning on two of the president’s tweets.
Twitter prompted readers to check the facts in Trump’s tweets after the president on Tuesday warned that California’s mail-in balloting initiative would lead to substantial voter fraud in the November general election.
The social media giant claimed mail-in ballots being ‘substantially fraudulent’ were found to unsubstantiated by fact-checkers at CNN, the Washington Post, and other media outlets. All known to be very unreliable.
This is the first time Twitter has taken such action against President Trump with the company previously resisting calls to censure the president.
Following the move, previous tweets from Roth – who is in charge of the team that investigates misinformation at Twitter – resurfaced, including one in which he says the Trump administration were Nazis.
In the January 2017 tweet, Roth referred to the Trump administration as ‘actual Nazis in the White House’ and tweeted in November 2016 that fly over states were racist.
He also compared Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway to Nazi Joseph Goebbels saying: ”Today on Meet The Press, we’re speaking with Joseph Goebbels about the first 100 days…’ – What I hear whenever Kellyanne is on a news show.’
The majority of Roth’s tweets criticizing Trump and his administration were posted around 2017.
Roth started working at Twitter in 2015 as a product trust partner, according to his LinkedIn profile.
He has been in his current role as head of site integrity for almost two years.
Conway, who is a counselor to the President, called out Roth in an interview with Fox & Friends on Wednesday.
‘This guy is constantly attacking Trump voters, Trump, Mitch McConnell, you name it. He’s the head of integrity at Twitter,’ Conway said.
‘It’s horrible the way he looks at people who should otherwise have a free and clear platform on Twitter.’
Trump has long called out Twitter for being biased and on Wednesday threatened to close down social media platforms as a result of the warning put on his tweets.
‘Republicans feel that Social Media Platforms totally silence conservatives voices. We will strongly regulate, or close them down, before we can ever allow this to happen,’ he tweeted on Wednesday.
It followed on from previous tweets late Tuesday in which he also hit out at the company, saying Twitter is interfering in the 2020 presidential election.
‘Twitter is completely stifling FREE SPEECH, and I, as President, will not allow it to happen!’ he said.
Trump had said in tweets earlier in the day that mail-in ballots would be ‘substantially fraudulent’ and result in a ‘rigged election.’
The President also called out the governor of California over the issue.
Hours later after the liberal media whined for the company to take action, Twitter, like the good little media lapdogs they are, posted a blue exclamation mark alert underneath two of the Presidents tweets, prompting readers to ‘get the facts about mail-in ballots‘ and directing them to a page with information aggregated by Twitter staffers about the claims.
A headline at the top of the page stated ‘Trump makes unsubstantiated claim that mail-in ballots will lead to voter fraud’ and was followed by a ‘what you need to know’ section addressing three specific claims made in the tweets.
In a statement, Twitter said that Trump’s tweets about mail-in voting did not violate the company’s rules because they didn’t discourage people from voting.
But they said that Trump’s vote-by-mail tweets contained ‘potentially misleading information about voting processes and have been labeled to provide additional context around mail-in ballots’.
Twitter said the application of a fact-checking label to President Trump’s tweets was an extension of its new ‘misleading information’ policy, introduced earlier this month to combat misinformation about the coronavirus.
It said at the time that it would later extend the COVID-19 policy to other types of disputed or misleading information.
Strange that Twitter never implemented this system due to the countless fake news stories posted by the media. Also, you will notice that this hasn’t been applied to Joe Biden’s account even though the former VP is notorious for spreading false information.
You do see what’s really happening here? right?
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