Twitter has hidden one of two recent tweets from US President Donald Trump, saying it “violated the Twitter rules about glorifying violence.” The tweet in question referred to protests in Minnesota over the death of George Floyd, with Trump saying that he would send in the US National Guard and adding that “when the looting starts, the shooting starts.” The tweet is now hidden from view, but can be accessed by clicking on the “view” button. Engagement is also limited, meaning users can retweet with comment, but can’t like, reply or retweet it.
— Twitter Comms (@TwitterComms) May 29, 2020
Twitter’s decision to place a “public interest notice” on the tweet was “made by teams within Twitter and CEO Jack Dorsey was informed of the plan before the tweet was labeled,” tweeted Ina Fried from Axios. It’s the second time in days that Twitter has taken action on a Trump tweet, as the social media network added a fact check to another one just a few days ago.
As a possible result of that action, Trump signed an executive order yesterday limiting legal protections for social media sites like Twitter and Facebook. However, critics have said that the order was ill advised and not likely to be legally enforceable.
Trump’s “looting” comment is a quote from former Miami Police Chief Walter Headley, in charge the police during the 1967 riots and known for “stop and frisk” tactics. During the riots, he used the same phrase: “When the looting starts, the shooting starts.”
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