He was speaking for the first time since the night of the presidential election, but several American televisions decided on Thursday, November 5 to interrupt the broadcasting of a speech by President Donald Trump, believing that he was making disinformation.
While the vote count continues, Donald Trump had just said, from the White House, that he was going to win “easily” and “legal votes“Were counted, but that if we included”illegal votes“, Democrats could”try to steal the election from us“. Very quickly, the MSNBC channel ceased its live broadcast.
“Correct the President of the United States”
«Okay, here we are again in the unusual position of (having to) not only interrupt the President of the United States, but also correct the President of the United States.», Said the presenter, Brian Williams.
NBC News and ABC News also interrupted the broadcast of this press conference, which was ultimately not one, since the president left the desk without taking any questions.
CNN decided not to cut Donald Trump’s microphone, but his speech was accompanied by the banner “Without any proof, Trump claims there was fraud».
CNN star presenter Jake Tapper followed with a final conviction of the head of state. “What a sad night for the United States of America to see its president (…) falsely accuse people of trying to steal the election», He declared, by lambasting a«fabric of lies».
Donald Trump’s words have been condemned by figures in the Republican Party. “Nothing can defend the president’s words, which call into question our democratic processes. America is counting its votes, and we must respect the results, as we always have. No person or election is more important than our democracy», claimed on PBS Republican Governor of Maryland, Larry Hogan. “I am not saying this as a former governor, but as a former judge: this controversy has no basis to date. All votes must be countedChris Christie added on ABC News. Many other elected Republicans preferred to remain silent.
Social networks moderate at all costs
On Thursday, Facebook deleted a group with a conspiratorial accent called “Stop this flightAnd which called into question the legitimacy of the election. It had attracted over 320,000 members in 24 hours. The group was organized around the delegitimization of the electoral process, and we saw disturbing calls for violence.“, Indicates Facebook in a press release.
Since Tuesday, the social network has continued to apply warnings on content published by Donald Trump’s team. We read that “the United States has well-established laws, procedures and institutions to ensure the integrity of elections» , «electoral authorities follow strict rules when it comes to counting ballots, processing them and reporting the results“, Or else”postal voting has long been very reliable in the United States.“As a precautionary measure, all the comments and videos posted on Facebook by Donald Trump and also Joe Biden, current and past, are accompanied by a reminder:”The vote count is in progress. There is no nominated winner yet.»
Twitter does not tolerate early declarations of victories and questioning of the legitimacy of postal voting. But Jack Dorsey’s social network goes a step further. Donald Trump’s messages he moderates no longer appear on subscriber feeds on behalf of the American president. They are also hidden on the latter: you must click on a warning to be able to read it.
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