The Conservatives were accused of promoting fake news when they rebranded their official Twitter account as a “fact checking” service.
The account live-tweeted the debate and took aim at several of Corbyn’s statements. But people were left uncomfortable by the clear attempt to appear like an impartial fact-checking service.
People on Twitter were furious about it.
The move prompted rebuttals from the Electoral Commission and Twitter, who said they’d consider banning the account if it misleads people again.
Appearing on Newsnight after the debate, Conservative Party Chairman attempted to defend the move.
Presenter Emily Maitlis asked Cleverly:
Dressed up party lines as a fact-check service, that is dystopian?
We were calling out the Labour Party’s wilful misinformation regarding the NHS. And every time they do that, we will call it out. The reason they’re doing it is because they would rather have this row, than the row about their Brexit position.
This is the conservative press office pretending to be a fact-checking office.
You were misleading the public, you were trying to coat your propaganda as hardened fact.
On Twitter, people weren’t convinced by Cleverly’s suggestion that the Tories were misleading the public as a way of showing… How Labour are allegedly misleading the public.