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Twitter sets unclear precedent, raises new questions by fact-checking Trump tweets

ABC 13

May 27, 2020

ABC 13 - President Donald Trump raged against Twitter Wednesday after the site flagged two of his posts as “potentially misleading,” threatening to shut down social media platforms he believes censor conservative voices, while experts questioned how much Twitter truly accomplished by venturing into fact-checking political content.

"In terms of public opinion concerns, the flags don't solve much," said Nick Bowman, an associate professor at the Texas Tech University College of Media and Communication and associate editor of the Journal of Media Psychology. "Folks who support Trump will see these flags as more evidence of how their candidate is being unfairly persecuted, and folks who are against Trump will see these flags as a courageous move towards combating misinformation."

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