Twitter Puts Warning On President Trump's Tweet About Minneapolis Protests
By Bill Galluccio
May 29, 2020
One day after President Donald Trump issued an executive order aimed at social media companies he claims are censoring conservatives' speech, he found himself in another row with Twitter.
On Thursday (May 29) night, Trump tweeted about the protests and riots occurring in Minneapolis over the death of George Floyd.
"I can't stand back & watch this happen to a great American City, Minneapolis. A total lack of leadership. Either the very weak Radical Left Mayor, Jacob Frey, get his act together and bring the City under control, or I will send in the National Guard & get the job done right....."
"....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. Thank you!"
It was the second tweet that got President Trump in trouble with Twitter. The social media company hid the tweet in the President's timeline and put a warning over it, saying that it glorified violence.
"This Tweet violated the Twitter Rules about glorifying violence. However, Twitter has determined that it may be in the public's interest for the Tweet to remain accessible. Learn more."
President Trump was not happy and blasted Twitter for its double standards.
"Twitter is doing nothing about all of the lies & propaganda being put out by China or the Radical Left Democrat Party. They have targeted Republicans, Conservatives & the President of the United States. Section 230 should be revoked by Congress. Until then, it will be regulated!"
The official Twitter account for the White House reposted Trump's message, and it was quickly hidden by Twitter.
The social media company explained their decision in a series of tweets.
"This 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," Twitter Comms wrote. "We've taken action in the interest of preventing others from being inspired to commit violent acts, but have kept the Tweet on Twitter because it is important that the public still be able to see the Tweet given its relevance to ongoing matters of public importance."
It was the second time this week that Twitter has hit President Trump over his tweets. The social media company labeled two of his tweets about mail-in voting as "potentially misleading."
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