Twitter and the president of the United States, Donald Trump, continue to have a complicated relationship. Trump tweets that distort reality, on COVID, or the National Guard, Twitter removes them. Also, thanks to the social network, it turns out that the director of the campaign that raises funds for the Republican party is the head of the post office. That is concerning conflict of interest, given that the presidential vote will be held mostly by correspondence.
The social network has removed a post shared by Donald Trump in which the death toll of coronavirus in the United States reduced. Reason? It is misleading and misinformative. The original tweet was from “Mel Q,” a follower of the QAnon conspiracy theory, and claimed that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had “quietly updated the COVID death toll by admitting that only 6% of reported victims – about 9,000 – they died from COVID “. The rest “had 2-3 other serious illnesses”. The tweet was removed and replaced with “not available because it violates Twitter rules” on disinformation.
In their update, which also dates back to May, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) wrote that in 6% of the reported deaths, Covid-19 was “the only cause of death mentioned. That, however, does not mean that only 6% of the deaths are attributable to the virus. But 94% of the victims had at least one other factor that contributed to the death.” It’s no secret that pre-existing health conditions can cause people more problems from COVID. The CDC has long argued that older adults and people with other pre-existing health conditions are more likely to become seriously ill. The CDC told CNN in July that COVID will be among the top 10 causes of death for 2020.
Until Monday morning, Twitter hadn’t removed a second tweet, also retweeted by the president, which spread the same false claim. The second tweet, by Trump campaign adviser Jenna Ellis, linked to an article on the right-wing website Gateway Pundit, was based on the tweet from a QAnon supporter.
But there is a more serious problem worrying the tycoon.Darknet forum recently posted the data from nearly all Michigan voters (7.6 million out of 7.8), and between 2 and 6 million voters in other states such as Connecticut, Arkansas, Florida, and North Carolina. Russian, virtual private, and closed network in which users connect only with people they trust. A user nicknamed “Gorka9” posted the data, as reported by the Russian business newspaper Kommersant. Software company providing data security services, Infowatch, confirmed to the newspaper the authenticity of the database and showed that the data leaked online in late 2019. The information reportedly includes names, dates of birth, gender, addresses, postcodes, e-mails, registration numbers, and seat numbers of approximately 7.6 million Michigan voters and between 2 and 6 million voters in other states.
On Twitter again today, from the account of Jessie Lehrich, co-founder of the bipartisan observatory accountabletech.org, it was learned that the president of the Board of Governors of the American post, Robert Duncan, is also the director of the super Pac. That is the organization raising funds for the re-election of the Republican party’s leader in the Senate, Mitch McConnell. So far, the support group has raised $ 130 million. The news reveals a potential conflict of interest, given the role that the post office will have in the next presidential elections, with the massive use of postal voting.