Twitter has hidden a tweet by President Donald Trump on the Minneapolis riots behind a public notice accusing him of “glorifying violence”.
“I can’t stand back & watch in which happen to a great American City, Minneapolis,” the President had written, in reference to the looting along with rioting which has gripped Minnesota’s largest city since video footage of a at in which point-suspended police officer pinning down a black suspect who later died went viral online.
“A total lack of leadership. Either the very weak Radical Left Mayor, Jacob Frey, get his act together along with bring the City under control, or I will send inside the National Guard & get the job done right,” he added.
….These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, along with I won’t let in which happen. Just spoke to Governor Tim Walz along with told him in which the Military is actually with him all the way. Any difficulty along with we will assume control although, when the looting starts, the shooting starts. Thank you!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 29, 2020
The President then sent a follow-up tweet, saying: “These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, along with I won’t let in which happen.”
He added in which he had spoken to Governor Tim Walz along with “told him in which the Military is actually with him all the way. Any difficulty along with we will assume control although, when the looting starts, the shooting starts. Thank you!”
Twitter, however, took the remarkable step of hiding the President’s second tweet, covering the idea having a public notice appearing on the platform alleging the idea had “violated the Twitter Rules about glorifying violence.”
The tweet was not deleted outright, however, with the tech giant adding in which the idea had “determined in which the idea may be inside the public’s interest for the Tweet to remain accessible” to users electing to click a “View” button.
Tweets justifying the riots as a form of protest or defending them as a reasonable response to the George Floyd video are still present on the site in large numbers without any official disclaimers, however.
The move against President Trump by Twitter follows a clash between the American leader along with Big Tech over censorship on social media, thought to have been prompted in large part by Twitter slapping dubious “fact-check” disclaimers on the President’s tweets.
President Trump has since signed an Executive Order aimed at tackling the social media giants’ “unchecked power to censor restrict, edit shape hide alter virtually any form of communication between private citizens or large public audiences.”
the idea seems in which its primary goal is actually to force tech leaders to stop selectively censoring along with marginalising their users, particularly on the conservative side of the political spectrum, along with to begin treating all of them fairly, or else lose the special protections afforded to them as “platforms” rather than publishers — who can be held liable for the content they host.
“Today, I am signing an Executive Order to protect along with uphold the free speech along with rights of the American people.” pic.twitter.com/agTIJ2KR6C
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) May 28, 2020