A leading Twitter manager refused to block Donald Trump's account on Thursday if the U.S. president continued to publish fire messages like the one about George Floyd's protests.
Trump has relied on Twitter to spread his message without asking reporters questions. Its 81.7 million followers have made the @realDonaldTrump account one of Twitter's 10 most popular.
However, the U.S. leader has been at war with the social media platform he has been using daily since making the unprecedented decision to review two of his postal ballot tweets last month.
Twitter followed suit on Friday by hushing up a message from Trump's cover-up protesters who were outraged by the police when the unarmed black man Floyd died that "when the looting begins, the gunfire begins."
A message about this tweet warned that it "violated Twitter's rules to glorify violence." Viewers had to click on the message to see Trump's original post.
Nick Pickles, Twitter's policy director for public policy, told a UK Parliament hearing on Thursday that the platform had decided to subject Trump's tweets to the same review process as any other verified public figure.
"When a user publishes a tweet and reports it to us, we look at it according to our rules," said Pickles during a virtual hearing of the bipartisan digital committee.
"If a user continues to violate our rules on Twitter, we will continue to discuss all of the options available to us."
Pickles was then asked twice if this meant that Trump's account could be suspended if he continues to violate the rules.
"Every Twitter account is subject to Twitter rules," he said both times.
Twitter's decision to review and hide Trump's posting has put pressure on Facebook and other social media platforms to follow suit.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's refusal to sanction false or inflammatory Trump posts triggered a virtual strike by hundreds of company employees on Monday.
In his defense, Zuckerberg said he mentioned the "inflammatory and harmful" when he received a call from Trump last Friday.
Youth-oriented Snapchat accused Trump of instigating "racist violence" on Wednesday and warned that it would not promote this type of content.
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