Facebook adds info label to Trump post about elections

Facebook on Tuesday followed through with a new policy of adding additional voting information to posts from politicians related to elections, appending a link to a post from President TrumpDonald John TrumpOmar fires back at Trump over rally remarks: 'This is my country' Pelosi: Trump hurrying to fill SCOTUS seat so he can repeal ObamaCare Trump mocks Biden appearance, mask use ahead of first debate MORE.

The post in question claims, baselessly, that mail-in voting will "lead to the most CORRUPT ELECTION in our Nation’s History!" The hashtag #RIGGEDELECTION is also included.

Facebook last week began attaching labels to posts by federal elected officials and candidates leading users to usa.gov/voting, which contains basic info about elections and voting.


Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenOmar fires back at Trump over rally remarks: 'This is my country' Trump mocks Biden appearance, mask use ahead of first debate Trump attacks Omar for criticizing US: 'How did you do where you came from?' MORE, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, has had the label added to some of his posts as well, including ones simply asking supporters to vote out Trump in the fall.

Bill Russo, a Biden campaign spokesperson, called out Facebook for applying the same label to Trump and Biden's posts.

For posts, like the one by Trump, that mention mail-in voting, the link will take users to a section with state-by-state instructions on how to register to vote by mail.

The link does nothing to dispute the misinformation in Trump's post.

The new election labels come after months of intense pressure on Mark ZuckerbergMark Elliot ZuckerbergHillicon Valley: FBI, DHS warn that foreign hackers will likely spread disinformation around election results | Social media platforms put muscle into National Voter Registration Day | Trump to meet with Republican state officials on tech liability shield Facebook to 'restrict the circulation of content' if chaos results from election: report 2.5 million US users register to vote using Facebook, Instagram, Messenger MORE to tackle false or hateful information on his platform.


Zuckerberg has preferred a hands-off approach for political content, a stance that has been criticized internally and externally.

Unlike Facebook, Twitter has taken steps to let users know when Trump spreads disinformation.

In May, it began placing labels on Trump's tweets about mail-in voting, pointing out factual errors and providing links to authoritative fact-checks.

A spokesperson for Twitter told The Hill that the same post that was labeled on Facebook does not violate any of Twitter's policies and will not be labeled.

Per the platform's civic integrity policy, Twitter will not take action against "broad, non-specific statements."

Updated at 11:25 a.m.