Breaking: Joe Biden wins US election

President-elect Joe Biden |Photo: File


November 7, 2020 (Thessherald)–Joe Biden secured enough votes in the US electoral college at 11.25am EST on Saturday and will become the next president of the United States.

The Democratic nominee crossed the 270-vote threshold by winning the state of Pennsylvania after a long and drawn-out counting process exacerbated by a large number of mail-in ballots.

It was a dramatic turnaround from early on election night, when Republican incumbent Donald Trump looked likely to sweep the race, taking the swing state of Florida. Mr Trump’s campaign is still set on a series of legal challenges over alleged irregularities in the electoral process in several states.

Mr Biden was also leading Mr Trump in Arizona, Georgia and Nevada, where votes are still being counted, but it was Pennsylvania’s 20 electoral votes that pushed him over the 270-vote threshold in the electoral college to win the presidency.Reacting to his victory, Mr Biden repeated his promise to work for all Americans.

“America, I’m honored that you have chosen me to lead our great country,” the president-elect wrote on Twitter.

“The work ahead of us will be hard, but I promise you this: I will be a President for all Americans — whether you voted for me or not.I will keep the faith that you have placed in me.”

Trump’s Twitter account red-flagged for misinformation and hate speech

AJ showing US election results live on Friday |Photo: AlJazeera

November 7, 2020 (Thessherald)–Donald Trump’s Twitter account has been red-flagged for posting baseless information and misleading content about the US elections as he lags far behind his opponent in the race for the White House.

Trump was accused of violating Twitter’s Civic Integrity Policy, which states that “You may not use Twitter’s services for the purpose of manipulating or interfering in elections or other civic processes.”

The 45th president of the United States blasted three social media giant companies for shielding behind Section 230 that protects them [Google, Facebook and Twitter] from potential lawsuits.

“Twitter is out of control, made possible through the government gift of Section 230,” said Donald Trump on Friday.

Under Section 230 of the Communication Decency Act of 1996, it states that there should be a shield for large social media companies from liability for the content posted on their platforms.

Amid allegations of irregularities in the election process, Trump has insisted that legal action be taken to recover stolen votes, a move rejected by Democrats on Thursday.

“I had such a big lead in all of these states late into election night, only to see the leads miraculously disappear as the days went by. Perhaps these leads will return as our legal proceedings move forward,” he claimed.

Observers described the ongoing presidential race as one of the chaotic elections in US history.