White House Flagged By Twitter For Promoting Violence (Just Like The President)

Twitter is cracking down on misinformation and promotions of violence, and President Trump and the White House are not exempt. Donald Trump reacted this morning to the realization that his tweet promising to shoot looters had been tagged for promoting violence, by having the official White House account tweet a defense. However, that has been tagged too.

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Trump’s overnight tweet threatening, “when the looting starts the shooting starts,” was tagged for glorifying violence. It was not removed from the platform, only given a tag that explained the rule violation. This morning, two separate White House tweets have been tagged similarly.

The first repeated the content of Trump’s own tweet, calling people “thugs” and reiterating the same “the shooting starts” line, as well as resharing one of Trump’s previous tweets.

As seen in the screenshot below, when viewed on Twitter, the post is visible but has an additional message attached.

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[Screenshot via: Twitter/White House]

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 second disclaimed tweet was one simply defending Trump’s threat and leveling accusations of bias against the platform and its CEO.

Again, a screenshot shows that the tweet can still be viewed, only with the same disclaimer attached.

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[Screenshot via Twitter/White House]

Trump has tweeted a response as well, saying it’s not fair that he’s getting called out for spreading false information when others (according to Trump) are not.

Before getting tagged for promoting violence, Trump was fact-checked by Twitter when he shared inaccurate information about voting by mail. The site merely added a link to more accurate voting information. Trump responded by threatening regulation or a full shutdown of the platform, later signing an executive order that legal experts say has no real effect on the operation of social media site.

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