While promising to crack down on election misinformation on its platform and labeling a large number of President Donald Trump’s posts, Twitter allowed misinformation about Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler to spread virally across its platform freely.
Social media giant Twitter has promised to make many efforts to prevent the spread of misinformation on its platform. In recent months the site has blocked users from sharing links to lawyer Sidney Powell’s lawsuit relating to widespread voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election, announcing plans to send users warnings if they attempt to “like” tweets that Twitter determines constitute misinformation, and repeatedly censoring or labeling tweets from Trump relating to the recent election.
However, despite Twitter’s supposed dedication to cracking down on misinformation, the site allowed a number of tweets about Loeffler to spread virally across its platform, some with tens of thousands of likes are still active on the platform with no warnings or labels whatsoever.
One tweet has amassed almost 80,000 likes and has been retweeted over 25 thousand times. It claims that Loeffler is campaigning in the Georgia Senate runoff elections on “understanding what it feels like living paycheck to paycheck.” The tweet includes a picture of a large home with a pool, claiming that it is one of Loeffler’s five homes.
It is not.
Kelly Loeffler is campaigning on understanding what it feels like living paycheck to paycheck.
This is one of her 5 homes. pic.twitter.com/eyNfrLk601
— YS (@NYinLA2121) December 4, 2020
The photo in the picture is actually the home of TV host and comedian Steve Harvey. Before Harvey owned the house actor and producer Tyler Perry owned the home. One tweet with 642 likes pointed this out in reply to the initial tweet:
Is she renting from Steve Harvey? https://t.co/gHGevHrd4g
— Dan Stringer, SEC Pimp (@Danstringer74) December 5, 2020
When searching Twitter for “Kelly Loeffler” the term “Kelly Loeffler House” is immediately suggested by Twitter. A number of other false and misleading tweets about Loeffler’s homes can be found under the search term:
You’re the one with all the houses and the money right? pic.twitter.com/BN7e9ZsHfU
— Abraxsys (@Abraxsys) December 7, 2020
None of these tweets were labeled by Twitter as misinformation and still remain on the platform with no restrictions whatsoever despite multiple users tagging the @TwitterSupport official account in order to raise awareness of the issue.