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Twitter labeled a tweet from President Trump claiming Democrats are "trying to STEAL the Election," making good on its promise to limit the distribution of election-related misinformation — even when it comes from the president.
"We placed a warning on a Tweet from @realDonaldTrump for making a potentially misleading claim about an election. This action is in line with our Civic Integrity Policy," a Twitter spokesperson said.
Twitter did not immediately label a separate tweet from Trump claiming "a big WIN!"
Facebook quickly updated its label on similar posts, warning "votes are being counted" and "final results may be different from initial vote counts."
By the time of Trump's tweet, the president had 171 electoral votes while Biden had 215.
It's legal for people to cast votes if they're still in line after the polls have closed, and there is no evidence that Democrats are trying to steal the election. It was widely expected that Trump would try to claim premature victory before all the votes were counted on election night.
Emily Birnbaum ( @birnbaum_e) is a tech policy reporter with Protocol. Her coverage focuses on the U.S. government's attempts to regulate one of the most powerful industries in the world, with a focus on antitrust, privacy and politics. Previously, she worked as a tech policy reporter with The Hill after spending several months as a breaking news reporter. She is a Bethesda, Maryland native and proud Kenyon College alumna.