Twitter hid a tweet from President Donald Trump on Tuesday threatening to use "serious violence" against protesters in the U.S. capital, saying he was violating the rules on abusive content.
The move appeared to be Twitter's first against the president for an "abusive" tweet. In a growing dispute, the platform recently classified other Trump tweets as misleading and as a violation of their standards to promote violence.
"There will never be an" Autonomous Zone "in Washington, DC as long as I am your President. If you try, you will be seriously violated!" Trump tweeted.
Twitter's action requires users to click through to read the Trump tweet, with a tag on the message that it "violated Twitter's rules of abusive behavior" but remains accessible "in the public interest" .
Trump's tweet related to the police-free district, created two weeks ago by protesters in Seattle, Washington, USA, which has caused outrage among the conservatives.
The move from Twitter escalated the struggle between the White House and social media companies that Trump has accused of prejudice against conservatives despite his own large following.
The President has already signed an implementing regulation that, despite doubts about its legal authority, could lead to increased government supervision over social media companies.
The Trump administration has also signaled that it plans to revise a law that provides online services with immunity to content published by others. This could open the door to litigation.
Twitter said in a statement to AFP that it took action on Tuesday because the tweet violated its guidelines against abusive behavior, "with the risk of harming an identifiable group."
In most cases, Twitter's policy with world market leaders stipulates that hurtful messages must be flagged – which limits its reach and prevents others from liking it or tweeting again – but leaves the tweets available because they do refer to "ongoing matters of public importance". ""
Twitter's new, aggressive stance on the President's rule violations contrasts with Facebook, which, despite the pressure from activists to contain inflammatory content, pursues a largely uncomplicated policy.
Facebook removed a Trump ad last week that contained an icon that was used for political prisoners in Nazi Germany and that violated the platform's guidelines against "organized hatred."
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