Washington DC: A video claiming to show voted being switched by a machine at a polling place in Ohio is getting viral on Twitter.
Election officials in Ohio, where the video was taken, pointed out that video is fake by stating that the timestamps on the receipts shown in a video made clear that no votes were inaccurately recorded. The fake election video is removed from Facebook and Instagram, but it is continued to thrive on Twitter.
In this regard, Twitter is facing harsh comments from recent weeks for failing to respond to the complaints about Cesar Sayoc, who reported many times before his arrest. He was charged with sending pipe bombs to senior Democratic politicians.
Earlier this year, the company was the last major platform to ban the conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. Throughout 2018, Twitter guaranteed to combat false information targeting voter but the company failed to act against this fake election video that was creating confusion on Election Day.
Fake Election Video Conspiracies
The fake election video was posted by an anonymous Twitter account that was connected with a supporter of the Qanon conspiracy theory.
A text accompanying the video read:
More voter fraud in Ohio. Why it is that all the error are always the Democrats?? Because the only way they can win is if they cheat!! This madness needs to stop.
The video claimed to show a paper ballot recording a vote for the Democratic candidate for governed after a voter passes the button for Republican Mike DeWine.
In the Fake Election Video, it is vague who filmed it. A spokesman for Franklin Country Board of Elections said that:
The voter that made the video checked in at 10:05 a.m.……If you look on the video she’s voting for DeWine and the paper tape is showing (a vote for) Cordray. That vote occurred at 9:39 a.m.
He further added voter requested help from a poll worker:
She hadn’t completed her ballot yet so they were able to cancel her out. They moved her to another machine, she was able to vote and go on her way…..That machine was taken offline and it has a total of 29 votes cast on it.
In a call with reporters, a DHS official said that Ohio officials have alerted the agency to the video. DHS, in turn, notified the Twitter.
Actions on the Fake Election Video
The DHS official said that disinformation relating to the election had been rapidly addressed by social media platforms. Facebook said it had removed the fake election video assuring that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents were patrolling polling stations looking for the undocumented immigrants.
Same rumors had previously been confirmed to be false by ICE. The agency tweeted last month:
ICE does not patrol or conduct enforcement operations at polling locations. Any flyers or advertisements claiming otherwise are false.
Subsequently, the company did not confirm where the video came from in the US. Different news organization was able to determine the video was false after speaking to the election officials in Ohio.
Facebook works with a network of the news organization to determine if information spreading on its platform has any liability or not. One of its partner organizations, the Associated Press, determined the fakeness of the video, and Facebook took the video down under its voter suppression policies.