“In May alone, Team Trump and their surrogates were slapped with community notes on at least seven occasions — and were often cited for posting flat-out lies.”
Twitter’s “Community Notes” program has become the latest frontier in the social media proxy battles between both the DeSantis and Trump camps as the sparring and war of words hits fever pitch headed into summertime.
As the New York Post reported, the Trump campaign and its allies have been hit particularly hard by the user-maintained “context-adding” system in recent weeks, getting hit seven times last month over tweets about DeSantis that were either untrue or lacked context:
Donald Trump’s 2024 election campaign’s claims are already being hit with Twitter’s new “community notes,” which fact-check or offer context to dubious posts.
In May alone, Team Trump and their surrogates were slapped with community notes on at least seven occasions — and were often cited for posting flat-out lies.
On May 25, Trump campaign spokeswoman Elizabeth Harrington reposted a campaign press release stating. “Ron DeSantis Voted For The Exact DACA Bill Over Which He Is Now Attacking President Trump.”
DeSantis had in fact supported a more conservative version — against a Trump-supported compromise bill, an appended fact check read, which labeled Harrington’s tweet “false.”
The bill DeSantis voted for did not include a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants — while Trump’s compromise bill did.
Here are some of the other Community Noted tweets, which include some by other Trump surrogates and influencers:
A tale of two pictures.
No staffers or supporters at the DeSantis booth for much of the day.
Meanwhile at the Trump booth, a long line of supporters eagerly signing up to help President Trump win back the White House.
— Trump War Room (@TrumpWarRoom) June 4, 2023
— Trump War Room (@TrumpWarRoom) June 6, 2023
BOOM! 🔥 https://t.co/d5PwKORIgV
— Karoline Leavitt (@kleavittnh) June 6, 2023
— DeSantis War Room 🐊 (@DeSantisWarRoom) June 6, 2023
There were also these:
Community Notes for the win. pic.twitter.com/1QgwmRz6xI
— Patrick (@Horan4545) June 7, 2023
The DeSantis campaign is now threatening anyone who criticizes their candidate with Community Notes. Is that how this system is supposed to work? https://t.co/xtoNWba4nA
— Gavin Mario Wax 🇺🇸 🗽🍊 (@GavinWax) June 4, 2023
When he was down 17 points in the FL gubernatorial race, Ron was SAVED by Pres. Trump’s game-changing endorsement.
“I’d like to thank our President for standing by me when it wasn’t necessarily the smart thing to do,” Ron said after his 2018 win. pic.twitter.com/g5tAq15GIb
— Trump War Room (@TrumpWarRoom) May 30, 2023
— Trump War Room (@TrumpWarRoom) June 1, 2023
Community Notes is undoubtedly in tank for Ron DeSantis.
Most of the notes on anti-DeSantis content have no relevance.
Good for Vivek for calling this out. https://t.co/JMnLAts38w
— Alex Bruesewitz 🇺🇸 (@alexbruesewitz) June 4, 2023
Ramaswamy, who might as well be a Trump influencer at this point considering his campaign is little more than a front for bashing DeSantis while remaining silent on Trump, complained about being Community Noted for an incorrect tweet about DeSantis, and alleged without evidence that it was being done because Twitter CEO Elon Musk and DeSantis are buddy-buddy or something (check out the Community Note added at the bottom):
This is an unbelievable move by Twitter to shield @RonDeSantis from legitimate criticisms of his policies. Let’s hope it’s just another innocent “mistake” like they made yesterday with their controversial censorship of The Daily Wire, but it doesn’t smell awesome:@RonDeSantis… https://t.co/64rzbcCc60
— Vivek Ramaswamy (@VivekGRamaswamy) June 4, 2023
For the record, the Community Note on his video tweet was removed for reasons unrelated to whether or not the added context was accurate. Whatever the case may be, he was still fact-checked in the comments:
Vivek, I’m a free speech absolutist and have read the text of FL HB 269. Your statements are false.
— Nikki M. Johnson, MD, DNBPAS ⚕ (@notaproviderMD) June 3, 2023
— PhotographicFloridian (@JackLinFLL) June 3, 2023
While others in the Trump camp are also crying foul, it’s important to note that Trump has also been aided by Community Notes:
Readers added a Community Note to this Tweet: https://t.co/Sb3yCzdBex
— Helpful Community Notes (@HelpfulNotes) June 4, 2023
Readers added a Community Note to this Tweet: https://t.co/3fvL0EI6tx
— Helpful Community Notes (@HelpfulNotes) March 22, 2023
The new face of the PGA Tour. Just a reminder: Everything Trump touches dies. pic.twitter.com/IAHBVxdXZs
— Mike Sington (@MikeSington) June 6, 2023
Six or seven people showed up to meet Trump at this Iowa venue.
People are over him. The push polls are WAY off.
— John Cardillo (@johncardillo) June 1, 2023
Basically, anyone can be a target of Community Notes – including Elon Musk himself. So to suggest there’s some sort of conspiracy and/or implicit bias going on over the Community Notes feature is just silly.
That being said, there’s one important thing people who have complaints about it can do in order to stop getting flagged for sharing incorrect/misleading information on the Twitter machine: stop posting it in the first place:
“Man, everything we post gets Community Notes on them. What should we do?”
“Stop lying in your posts?”
“No, we’ll claim it’s rigged!”
— RBe (@RBPundit) June 5, 2023
When Community Notes flags this tweet for lying, the Magadonians are going to continue to whine that Twitter is rigged in favor of DeSantis.
Here is a novel concept: Stop shamelessly lying and you won't get hit with a community note. https://t.co/4gD8LhSuAh
— Unfiltered☢Boss (@Unfilteredboss1) June 4, 2023
If your campaign is completely thrown into disarray by a Twitter service that adds context to false claims, maybe you don't have a very good campaign.
— Matt Whitlock (@mattdizwhitlock) June 7, 2023
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