Twitter said on Saturday it had “inadvertently” limited commitments for a brief period in US President Donald Trump’s tweets with “disputed” labels, but then reversed its action.
Some users of the social media platform had noticed earlier Saturday that the ability to like, retweet or reply to Trump’s tweets with a “dispute” tag was not working.
“We inadvertently took steps to limit interactions on the tagged Tweet you referenced. This action has been reversed,” a Twitter spokesperson told Reuters in an emailed statement.
The White House did not respond to a request for comment.
The development was previously reported by The Verge and The Hill.
Twitter has recently added multiple warnings and tags to tweets on the US President’s @realDonaldTrump account, including many who have made unsubstantiated allegations of voter fraud in the US elections.
Trump also made such tweets on Saturday, including one in which he falsely claimed that he won the election “overwhelmingly” on “legal votes.” Twitter marked them with a tag that read: “This claim about voter fraud is in dispute.”
The social media platform first hid one of its tweets behind a “public interest” tag in May when the president violated the company’s policy against glorifying violence.
Trump will be bound by the same Twitter rules as any other user when President-elect Joe Biden takes office on January 20, the social media company said last month.
Twitter places “public interest” notices in some tweets that break the rules of “world leaders” who would otherwise be removed.
These tweets from political candidates and elected or government officials are hidden by a warning and Twitter is taking steps to restrict their reach. This treatment does not apply to former office holders.
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