Twitter put a 'glorifying violence' label on a Trump tweet that threatened George Floyd protesters
- Twitter just placed a click-through block on a tweet from Donald Trump for "glorifying violence."
- Trump's post was about riots in Minneapolis following the death of George Floyd.
- In his tweet, Trump said the military could 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."
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Twitter has hidden one of President Trump's tweets behind a warning that it violates the platform's rules on "glorifying violence", just hours president signed an executive order targeting Twitter and Facebook.
The tweet in question was about the Minneapolis riots following the death of George Floyd, which erupted into confrontations with the police and buildings including a police station being set on fire. George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, died on Monday after a police officer pinned him to the ground under his knee for eight minutes.
Trump wrote late on Thursday: "These THUGS are dishonouring 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!" Trump tweeted.
....These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I wonâ€™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!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 29, 2020
Twitter placed this tweet behind a block that reads: "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." To see it users have to actively click on this block to say they want to read the tweet.
"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 said in a statement.
"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," the company added.
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