But rival Facebook confirmed to CNN Business it plans to take no action with an identical post from Trump on its platform.
The stark contrast sheds light on how the major tech platforms continue to abide by different playbooks in how they handle content moderation — specifically content from perhaps their most high-profile user — despite having previously tried to present a united front in handling misinformation when representatives appeared before Congress.
Although Facebook has some rules against voter suppression and misinformation efforts, the company said Trump’s claims did not break them.
“We believe that people should be able to have a robust debate about the electoral process, which is why we have crafted our policies to focus on misrepresentations that would interfere with the vote,” a Facebook spokesperson told CNN Business on Tuesday night.
Trump falsely claimed on Facebook and Twitter this week that the governor of California was sending out mail-in ballots to “anyone living in the state, no matter who they are or how they got there.”
A Twitter spokesperson said Trump’s tweets contained “potentially misleading information about voting processes” and had been “labeled to provide additional context.” Twitter appended a message to each tweet that read: “Get the facts about mail-in ballots.” It linked to a curated fact-checking page populated with experts and news article summaries debunking the claim.
In a statement to CNN Business, Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon said: “It is fully appropriate to label false and misleading tweets, especially by the president. Facebook should take responsibility for addressing Donald Trump’s misinformation campaign when it comes to vote by mail and follow suit.”