Trump proclaims himself president with votes not counted, Twitter and Facebook react to contradict him
Like many of our readers, we are immersed in the final phase of the elections in the United States, a process in which the word “fake” has appeared (and continues to appear) continuously.
The counting of the votes began a few hours ago and, obviously, it is being followed very closely from the Internet (let’s not forget that the rest of the planet has its eyes on the US). YouTube has reported that they have had to block streams in which false data about the results were being offered.
As we can read on CNET, these streams they had thousands of viewers, just before YouTube took action on the matter. In addition, they indicate that some of these streams were showing advertising, generating income from this content.
The Twitter account @defnoodles shows, in the tweet that appears below these lines, several captures of these streams. As we can see, they are channels in which musical content is (originally) shared:
TODAY IN FAKE NEWS: Several YouTube channels live streaming “Election Results” showing same projected election graphic as “results.” No election results currently available as polls still open. First polls close at 7pm EST. Thousands watching streams. One stream is monetized. pic.twitter.com/VoJvFgIGDa
– Def Noodles (@defnoodles) November 3, 2020
And this news I am writing, precisely, minutes after Trump came out to proclaim himself the winner of the election, when not all the votes have been counted.
Notifications on Facebook and Instagram, Twitter hides Trump’s tweet
Trump had already been warning of this, and has once again accused the Democrats of trying to “steal” the elections, and has threatened to prosecute the electoral process if the counting of votes by mail is not stopped (which, a priori, position him as a loser).
Precisely, a few hours ago Twitter decided to flag a Trump tweet and hide it, since in said tweet he affirms that “they are growing big, but they are trying to STEAL the elections”:
A few minutes ago, Facebook has published a statement, in which they state that “as President Trump has started making premature claims about victory, they have started showing notifications on Facebook and Instagram that votes are still being counted and no winner is projected.”
Once President Trump began making premature claims of victory, we started running notifications on Facebook and Instagram that votes are still being counted and a winner is not projected. We’re also automatically applying labels to both candidates’ posts with this information. pic.twitter.com/tuGGLJkwcy
– Facebook Newsroom (@fbnewsroom) November 4, 2020
Facebook has also displayed informational panels in Trump’s posts., reporting that “final results may differ from initial counts, as the count process will continue for days or weeks after the polls close.”