A post marked prematurely on Twitter in San Francisco on Friday mentioned Biden as “President-elect” because the vote count continued in several key states with the Democratic leader Donald Trump in the U.S. election.
Tweets referring to the former vice president with the victor’s title and his running mate Kamala Harris as “vice president-elect” were tagged with messages saying counts were not yet final.
“Official sources may not have called the race when this was tweeted,” read a Twitter message below a post from Democratic Coalition co-founder and podcaster Scott Dworkin using the two titles for Biden and Harris.
The notice has a link to election status information.
Twitter told AFP that the move was in line with its Civic Integrity Policy and in keeping with the position it has taken since the polls closed late Tuesday.
“We will label Tweets claiming victory that meet our criteria as both Pennsylvania and the presidential race overall have only been called by one source,” a Twitter spokesman said.
“Per our rules, until a second source makes this determination, claims of victory must cite a source that has made the call.”
Twitter accounts that are eligible to be tagged as posts include presidential campaigns or competitors, as well as accounts with more than 100,000 followers or tweets in the United States, who are widely liked or cited.
The one-to-many messaging service said that when state election officials announce the results of the vote, or at least two national news agencies with independent decision-making departments support the call for the results, Twitter will consider the results of the vote.
Since the poll closed on Tuesday, Twitter and Facebook have been scrambling to flag, cover up and limit claims of premature victory or false attacks on voting procedures.
“As votes are still being counted across the country, our teams continue to take enforcement action on tweets that prematurely declare victory or contain misleading information about the election broadly,” Twitter said.
Trump’s unfounded claims about the voting process and claims of premature victory for any candidate in the campaign were flagged or covered up, and links to reliable sources of information were provided.
Twitter’s behavior made the comments less obvious, and users who asked to read the post had to click on the warning.