Twitter has released a tweet from President Trump in the public interest for violating the rules of the "Glorification of Violence" platform. However, Twitter has not opted to remove the tweet entirely from its platform because it believes it is in the public interest. Twitter announced the notice in a tweet thread from its official communication account.
The hint means that the tweet in Trump's timeline is hidden. However, you can access it by visiting the tweet immediately after clicking the "View" button. The scope of the tweet is also limited as part of the process. Although users can still retweet it with a comment, they cannot reply to it, retweet it directly, or like it. According to Twitter, the notice means that the tweet is not algorithmically recommended on its platform.
Trump's tweet remained on the platform, but is now accompanied by a message from Twitter.
"These thugs dishonor the memory of George Floyd, and I won't let that happen," President Trump's tweet says. "I just spoke to Governor Tim Walz and told him the military was with him all the way. Any difficulty and we'll take control, but when the looting begins, the shooting starts. Thanks a lot!"
Twitter appeared to have problems with Trump's line, "when the looting begins, the shots begin." Twitter described the historical connection of this quote to violence as the reason for today's actions.
This tweet violates our policies to glorify violence based on the historical context of the last line, its connection to violence, and the risk that it could lead to similar actions today. https://t.co/sl4wupRfNH
– Twitter Comms (@TwitterComms) May 29, 2020
Trump deliberately or accidentally quotes Miami's former chief of police, Walter Headley. In December 1967, months before riots broke out during the (Nixon) Republican National Convention, Headley said when announcing a new "get hard" black neighborhood surveillance policy: "When the looting begins, the shootings will begin." Headley promised to use shotguns, dogs, and aggressive "stop and frisk" tactics to reduce crime. "We don't mind being accused of police brutality," the New York Times reported. "You haven't seen anything yet."
"We have taken measures to prevent others from being inspired to commit violence, but have kept the tweet on Twitter because it is important that the public can continue to see the tweet as it is relevant to ongoing publicly relevant issues." , Wrote Twitter in a follow-up tweet.
The announcement was released after tensions between Twitter and the president escalated this week. On Tuesday, the company first described two of Trump's tweets as "potentially misleading". Trump had claimed that postal ballot papers would result in a “rigged election”. Trump yesterday signed an executive order to restrict legal protection for social media sites like Twitter under section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.