Trump's 'Glorifying Violence' Post WARNED By Twitter As The Big Mouth Threaten To Shoot Violent Protestors
May. 29, 2020
Twitter has red-flagged a Donald Trump tweet for the second time in four days by covering the president's message about the Minneapolis riots with a comment that it 'glorifies violence'.
Trump's statement that 'when the looting starts, the shooting starts' is now hidden by a warning that it violated Twitter's rules - but the message can be bypassed and the tweet remains live.
The president had used Twitter to intervene in the riots which erupted for a third night running following the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who had gasped for breath as a police officer knelt on his head.
Trump's 1am tweet described the looters as 'thugs' and warned that the federal government would 'assume control' with 'shooting' if necessary after protesters set fire to a police precinct.
But Twitter put a warning on the tweet less than three hours later, saying it had 'taken action in the interest of preventing others from being inspired to commit violent acts'. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey was informed in advance.
The tweet can no longer be liked or replied to and will not be recommended by Twitter's algorithm, although retweets with comment are still possible - with Trump's message initially hidden.
It is still possible to override the warning message and view the tweet, under special rules for government officials which protect the public's right to know what their politicians have said.
Trump has feuded with the social media site in recent days for fact-checking his tweets and renewed his attack on the website on Thursday night - even saying that he would shut it down if he could.
The president signed an order seeking to strip social media giants of their legal protections, potentially exposing them to a flood of lawsuits- but backed Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg who distanced himself from Twitter.
Twitter had put a fact-checking label on two of Trump's tweets on Tuesday which claimed that mail-in voting in the 2020 election would be 'substantially fraudulent'.
Trump's full tweet this morning read: 'These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won't let that happen. Just spoke to Governor Tim Walz and told him that the Military is with him all the way. Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts.'
Also in Trump's latest Tweet, he threatens to send out National Guards task force to crush the violent protest.
The message was a reply to an initial tweet - not red-flagged by Twitter - which took aim at the Democratic mayor of Minneapolis for his handling of the crisis.
Twitter announced the 'public interest notice' on the 'shooting' tweet around three hours after Trump had sent the message.
The social media giant said Trump's tweet 'violates our policies regarding the glorification of violence based on the historical context of the last line, its connection to violence, and the risk it could inspire similar actions today'.
'As is standard with this notice, engagements with the tweet will be limited. People will be able to retweet with comment, but will not be able to like, reply or retweet it,' a statement explained.
However, Twitter said it is 'in the public interest for the tweet to remain accessible' given its 'relevance to ongoing matters of public importance'. Trump has yet to respond to the warning message.
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