The US presidential election, delayed by widespread postal voting due to the Covid-19 pandemic, did not go through as expected on election day.
However, just before 1 a.m., President Donald Trump broke Twitter's misinformation rules and tweeted an unsubstantiated claim about Democratic electoral theft.
"We're BIG but they're trying to steal the choice," he tweeted. We will never allow it. No votes can be cast after the polls have been completed! “Twitter restricted and flagged the illegal tweet as part of its Citizens' Integrity Policy.
The social media company removed its engagement metrics from the tweet. Twitter also prevented users from replying to or retweeting the president's post, hiding it behind a warning.
"We warned a tweet from @realDonaldTrump for making a potentially misleading claim about an election," wrote Twitter from his PR account.
Soon after, Facebook also responded to a post from Trump in the same language. The company did not restrict or review the tweet, but instead added the context of the Bipartisan Policy Center. "The final results may differ from the initial number of votes as the polling continues for days or weeks," says the label. Facebook tweeted that it will automatically apply labels to both contestants' posts, and run notifications on Facebook and Instagram that votes are still being counted and a winner will not be projected.
A company spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
"It is not my job or Donald Trump's job to declare the winner of this election. It's the place of the voters," tweeted former Vice President Joe Biden in response.
So far, Trump and Biden have each secured a predictable base of states, though most swing states remain unsolved. There are few exceptions: Trump wore Florida and Ohio while Biden took Arizona. Critical, key election results for Pennsylvania, Michigan, Georgia, and Wisconsin have been delayed with expectations that the vote count could continue for days.
"We believe we are on the right track to win this election," Biden told supporters who gathered in Wilmington, Delaware around 12:45 pm on Wednesday. "Keep the Faith."
In California, voters have weighed some tech-driven voting initiatives: Proposition 22, which aims to classify passengers and deliverers as independent contractors, has been passed. and Proposition 24, which expanded some data protection provisions for information on race, ethnicity, geolocation, and health. Both are ready to pass with 57% to 58% support at the time of going to press.
A new high for weeds
The cannabis industry, which saw a month-long “green rush” of record sales during the lockdown, made history Tuesday by adding five states to the legalization movement at the same time. In a green wave in late 2020, voters approved a mix of legalization measures for doctors and adults, the results of which are so final that they could accelerate the federal push for legalization.
"It's a defining moment," said Karan Wadhera, an industry investor and managing partner at Casa Verde Capital. "Look at how far the industry has come in the past few years – there has been massive changes. I expect federal regulations will change in the next 12 to 36 months, regardless of who is in the White House . "
According to New Frontier Data, sales in the five new rule of law could increase industry profits by $ 9 billion by 2025. With the addition of these markets, 230 million Americans, 70% of the population, live in areas with medicinal or recreational weed sales.