Twitter tags Trump tweet on George Floyd riots as glorifying violence – Business Insider
Twitter placed a click-through block on a tweet from President Donald Trump that it said was “glorifying violence.”
Trump’s post was about violence in Minneapolis following the death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man who died Monday after a white police officer pinned him to the ground by the neck for several minutes during an arrest.
In his tweet, Trump said that the military might get involved in the protests and that “when the looting starts, the shooting starts.”
Twitter said Trump’s post “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.”
Trump wrote late on Thursday in response to the escalating violence: “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!”
Twitter placed the tweet behind a block that said: “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.”
This doesn’t mean the tweet has been removed. To see it, users have to actively click on this block to say they want to read the tweet. They won’t, however, be able to reply to the tweet, or “like” it.
Protesters at the scene where George Floyd was pinned down by a police officer kneeling on his neck before dying in Minneapolis.
The company added: “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.”
Trump has been at loggerheads with Twitter all week.
The order is intended to give federal regulators the power to amend Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act — a section of US law that gives social-media companies power to moderate their platforms while also protecting them from being liable for the content they host.
Trump’s order threatens to strip companies of that protection if they discriminate against users in any way.