Twitter: Donald Trump’s Tweet Violates Terms; Glorifies Violence

Twitter has again appended a warning to one of Donald Trump’s tweets. This time, instead of a fact-check, the social network has called out Trump’s tweet for promoting violence, a violation of Twitter’s rules The tweet isn’t deleted and is still visible, but users may need to click through the warning notice to see it.

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After Twitter added a fact-checking link to correct information Trump tweeted about voting by mail, the president threatened action against social media companies, from regulation to shutdowns. Though Trump did sign an executive order Thursday, NPR reports that legal experts say it has no actual effect, and is “just political theater.”

Now, Twitter has stung Trump again, this time declaring clearly that one of Trump’s latest tweets is in violation of the site’s rules — the rule against promoting violence.

After the death of George Floyd at the knee of a Minneapolis police officer, crowds took to the streets to demand justice. Unrest grew and Minneapolis is seeing fires and vandalism. A Target store can be seen nearly emptied of merchandise as crowds surge angrily through.

Mayor Jacob Frey spoke in understanding of protests early on, saying that the anger was a response not to one incident but centuries of institutionalized violence against black people in this country.

Trump responded to that harshly, calling Frey a “very weak radical left mayor,” and promising to send in the National Guard if the city isn’t brought “under control.”

He went on to refer to “thugs” and warn, “when the looting starts, the shooting starts.”

However, when viewed on Twitter, the second tweet bears a warning. Initially, a user may only see this notice:

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.

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[Screenshot via Twitter/Donald Trump]

Upon clicking through the warning, one can view the tweet, but the disclaimer remains above the tweet text.

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[Screenshot via Twitter/Donald Trump]

After Trump and many of his supporters expressed anger over the fact-checking earlier this week, Twitter’s Jack Dorsey responded, saying that it isn’t the social media network’s job to be an arbiter of truth, but that he finds it appropriate to “connect the dots of conflicting statements and show the information in dispute so people can judge for themselves,” and that the site will continue to disclaim inaccurate or false information about elections. At this time, Trump has not yet responded to Twitter’s second round of applying a warning label to his content.

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