Twitter Suspends Account Posting Voter Misinformation Aimed At Minorities

Matt York

A Twitter account posting blatantly misleading information about how to vote in the presidential election has been suspended by the social media giant.

The account @theRickyVaughn tweeted out a series of images– some of which appeared to be targeted at minority voters– asking Clinton supporters to "text" their votes to a number instead of going to the polls.

The graphics, which included the Clinton campaign's official logo, encouraged voters to "avoid the line, vote from home" and "Text Hillary to 5995." One graphic featured an African American woman and another said in Spanish "Save Time, Avoid the Lines. Vote from Home or Work."

The images were reported by another Twitter user and flagged by Rick Hasen on his Election Law Blog. The Twitter user who reported the graphics also tweeted that he'd received an email from Twitter saying that the graphics didn't violate Twitter's rules.

Twitter declined to comment on the status of the individual's account, but a search of @therickyvaughn shows the account has been suspended.

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Lauren Fox is a reporter at Talking Points Memo.
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