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Twitter hides Trump's tweet for violating its rules about glorifying violence
As the row between Twitter and the White House escalates, the tech giant is showing it's not afraid to penalize the president for violating its policies."This Tweet violated the Twitter Rules about glorifying violence," said the tag. "However, Twitter has determined that it may be in the public's interest for the Tweet to remain accessible.
Twitter has flagged a tweet from President Donald Trump early Friday morning, saying it violated its rules about "glorifying violence" after he tweeted that "when the looting starts, the shooting starts" in regards to the ongoing unrest in Minneapolis following the death of George Floyd.
"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!" Trump tweeted shortly before 1 a.m. Friday.
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Twitter flagged the tweet, which is now only visible if you click on Twitter's flag.
"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," the social media company said.
After protesters overtook the Minneapolis Police Department's Third Precinct and set it on fire, Trump lashed out at local officials and said the military could take over the response to the protests.
Facebook's Zuckerberg defends decision to leave up 'inflamatory' Trump posts about Minnesota protests
President Trump's posts, which included a seeming threat of National Guard shooting citizens caught looting, were censored by Twitter. But not by Facebook.Shortly after after protesters outraged by the death of Floyd, a black man in Minnesota, torched a police building there Thursday, Trump vowed "when the looting starts, the shooting starts" in social media posts. The phrase, once used by segregationist Georgia Governor George Wallace, is seen as an approval of police violence against protesters.
"I can’t stand back & watch this happen to a great American City, Minneapolis. A total lack of leadership," Trump tweeted. "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."
Frey responded to Trump at an early-morning press conference Friday, saying that type of finger point is weak.
"Weakness is refusing to take responsibility for your actions. Weakness is pointing your finger at somebody else during a time of crisis," Frey said. "Donald Trump knows nothing about the strength of Minneapolis. We are strong as hell. Is this a difficult time period? Yes. But you better be damn sure that we're gonna get through this."
Floyd, who is black, was seen pinned down in a video by a white police officer and later died. He could be heard screaming, "I can't breathe," on the video of the incident.
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The video of Floyd's death has now caused outrage in the city of Minneapolis and all over the country. Residents of the city have protested his death since Tuesday.
This is the second time this week Twitter has taken action against Trump's tweets.
It previously flagged two of Trump's tweets about mail-in voting in California, saying Trump's tweets were misleading about elections.
Trump responded to the flags by issuing an executive order Thursday targeting social media companies.
He said the order allows for new regulations so that social media companies "that engage in censoring or any political conduct will not be able to keep their liability shield."
Twitter Pulls Trump's Tribute Video to George Floyd Over Copyright Claim .
Twitter has blocked a video by President Trump's campaign team honoring George Floyd, whose recent death at the hands of a Minneapolis policeman has sparked nationwide protests. Trump's video, which was posted Thursday and also denounced the rioting and looting seen this past week, was pulled over a copyright claim, according to Twitter. The Trump campaign wasn't satisfied with that reason, later tweeting the tech giant and its CEO, Jack Dorsey, were "censoring" an "uplifting and unifying message." Twitter and @Jack are censoring this uplifting and unifying message from President Trump after the #GeorgeFloyd tragedy. The same speech the media refused to cover.