Latest US Presidential Election Updates: Joe Biden Builds Leadership In Georgia...

Latest US Presidential Election Updates: Joe Biden Builds Leadership In Georgia...
Latest US Presidential Election Updates: Joe Biden Builds Leadership In Georgia...
Joe Biden has taken his lead in Georgia at 1,096, with 99 percent of the votes counted this morning. The final counts are expected to be announced later that afternoon. There are 10,000 votes left.

Despite having had a weak lead in Georgia since Wednesday morning, Joe Biden has come closer and closer to a lead in the main battlefield state and has now passed in the shadow of the winning post in Georgia. It is far from certain that the Trump campaign will request a recount as the margin is within the legal 1 piece threshold.

Meanwhile, President Trump has continued to make unsubstantiated allegations of election fraud, and even turned to Twitter to censor his tweets.

Trump said Twitter was “out of control”.

President Trump said on Twitter, “I am easily WINNING the United States Presidency with LEGAL VOTES CAST. The OBSERVERS were not allowed to do their work in any way, shape or form, and therefore the votes accepted during this period must be cast. ”Determined to be ILLEGAL VOTES. The US Supreme Court should decide! ”

There is no evidence to support any of these unsubstantiated claims by President Trump.

The Pennsylvania Secretary of State has also stated that 163,000 votes remain, all of which are postal or postal ballot papers. Election officials in the Commonwealth announced that the mail-in votes have so far favored Joe Biden greatly, with the Democratic candidate winning 77 percent of that in the state. If this trend continues, Mr Biden will win the state and the presidency.

Conspiracy to attack

Philadelphia police are investigating an alleged attack on the city’s Pennsylvania Convention Center, which was counting votes in the hotly contested presidential election.

Local police received a lead on a Hummer carrying armed people who had traveled from Virginia to attack the convention center, a police representative said.

The police arrested at least one man and confiscated a weapon and the lobster that they had been tipped for. No injuries were reported and no further details of the alleged conspiracy were disclosed.

This comes when Biden narrowed the gap to just 17,000 votes in Pennsylvania as he nears the coveted goal of 270 to win the presidency.

Supporters of US President Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger had held rallies in Philadelphia earlier on Thursday as election officials slowly counted thousands of postal ballot papers that could determine the 20 decisive votes of the Pennsylvania Electoral College.

Trump activists waved flags and carried signs reading “Election Day Stops” and “Sorry, the polls are closed” as Biden supporters danced to music behind a barricade across the street earlier that day.

An appeals court ruled Thursday that more Republican observers could enter the Philadelphia building where election officials were counting ballots.

The US Postal Service (USPS) said that in Pennsylvania as of late Thursday, approximately 1,700 ballot papers had been identified in two passes in processing plants and were in the process of being delivered to election officials.

Trump has repeatedly said without evidence that mail-in votes are vulnerable to fraud, although electoral experts say this is rare in U.S. elections.

Meanwhile, removed a fast-growing group on Thursday in which supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump posted violent rhetoric as it and other companies cracked down on unsubstantiated allegations and potential violence following a controversial election.

The “Stop the Steal” group, which called for “boots on the ground to protect the integrity of the voting”, added 1,000 new members every 10 seconds and grew to 365,000 members in one day.

“The group was organized around the delegitimization of the electoral process, and we saw worrying calls for violence from some members,” said a Facebook spokeswoman.

Supporters of the group said they organized peaceful protests, worked hard to monitor the comments, and Facebook had given no warning. Chris Barron, a spokesman for the group, said political opponents also organized protests but were not banned.

“If Facebook wants to be the arbiter of the truth, they have a lot to do,” said Barron.

Facebook said the removal of the group was in line with “extraordinary measures” amid “heightened tension”.

Measures Facebook put in place on Thursday include warning that users’ results are not final, as well as limiting the number of people who will be shown live video about the elections or posts that algorithms believe contain political misinformation.

For months, Trump and Republican allies have been laying the groundwork to question the integrity of the vote if the president loses his re-election bid.

As tallies progressively improve the odds for Trump’s Democratic challenger Joe Biden, and U.S. broadcasters and other major media outlets scrap Trump’s claims to victory, the president and his supporters have reached out on social media to try to turn the narrative around and conspiracy with theories the hashtag #StopTheSteal.

Social media companies, however, show less patience with disinformation and call for violence. Eleven of the president’s 32 tweets since election day on Tuesday were posted behind a warning sign saying they were controversial, prompting him to use email and other media to make his claims, researchers said.

“Social media platforms cannot afford to promote anti-democratic and potentially violent activity,” said Paul Barrett, assistant director of the Stern Center for Business and Human Rights at New York University.

Bannon suspended

On Thursday, Snap Inc’s Snapchat removed a video from Trump’s account in which Biden said he had an extensive “election fraud organization.” Biden’s testimony came during an interview where he spoke about his team fighting against voter repression efforts, and Snap found that Trump’s use out of context was contrary to his policies of undermining the integrity of citizen processes.

Ryann McEnany, Social Media Manager of the Trump campaign, criticized Snap’s action in a tweet, saying in capital letters, “Why don’t you let the American people see this?”

Twitter on Thursday blocked an account used by former Trump campaign manager Steve Bannon after he recorded a video calling for the beheading of FBI Director Christopher Wray and government infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci for his infidelity to Trump .

A Twitter spokesman quoted the company’s policy against the glorification of violence. Other services have also removed the video for similar reasons.

But Trump supporters seem to be prepared for the shutdowns and warnings. Before Facebook deleted “Stop the Steal”, the organizers referred members to an email login page “in case social media censored this group”.

The group’s membership rose as seven prominent Conservatives promoted it to its hundreds of thousands of supporters, according to Renee DiResta, a researcher involved in the Electoral Integrity Partnership Against Misinformation.

While Facebook groups usually act as forums for common interests, they can contain bipartisan misinformation.

“Facebook enabled and expanded the infrastructure now being used to attack our democratic process,” said Arisha Hatch, executive director of the Color of Change Political Action Committee, one of the largest online racial justice groups in the country.

A review of a small number of comments posted on Stop the Steal prior to their deletion did not reveal any direct calls for violence, but the organizational premise that Democrats “void” Republican votes is in fact unfounded.

Facebook, which usually recommends groups to users to join, suspended those recommendations last week for political groups and new election-related groups.

The Stop the Steal group was led by the Trump action group Women for America First. The non-profit organization organized protests against Covid-19 restrictions and supported Trump in his impeachment negotiations.

Reuters

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