Twitter has hidden behind a notice that it “glorifies abuse” one of Donald Trump’s tweets, further worsening the row with the US president of the social media firm. The tweet of the US president, released on Washington Time on Thursday night, warned citizens in Minneapolis who were demonstrating against the killing of a black man, George Floyd, by a white police officer that he would order the military to interfere if “any trouble” occurred. “Once the looting ends, the firing ends,” Trump wrote, evidently citing former Miami police chief Walter Headley, who vowed brutal reprisals in December 1967 to demonstrate against stop-and-frisk tactics.
Twitter attached a note to the tweet two hours later: “This message breached the Twitter Guidelines about the glorification of abuse. Nonetheless, Twitter has decided that keeping the message open could be in the public interest.
The warning was followed by a comparison to their position on exceptions of public concern. The warning obscures the material for those viewing Trump’s Twitter account or having the message being retweeted on their page until they press to display it. Instead, users who attempt to reply to the tweet get a second message that reads: “We are attempting to avoid a tweet like this that otherwise violates the Twitter rules from reaching more people, so we’ve disabled much of it The means of getting acquainted in it. “Existing answers no longer appear below.
Twitter’s algorithms would also restrict the distribution of the tweet according to corporate guidance papers. The Trump administration replied early on Friday morning by sending an identical tweet from the official White House page, placing Trump’s words into quotation marks, which Twitter, in fact, easily obscured. Trump himself sent out several angry tweets, accusing Twitter of “doing nothing with all the disinformation and deceit brought forward by China or the Radical Socialist Left” and warning “it must be regulated!”
The back and forth suggests that neither Twitter nor Trump intends to back down their dispute, which erupted on Wednesday when the company first applied a fact-checking label to the president’s tweets. He had tweeted an allegation that California used mail-in ballots to ensure a “rigged referendum” to which Twitter attached a mark reading: “get the truth on mail-in ballots,” which had a connection to a collection of fact-checks called “Post-curated.”
In addition, the President signed an executive order aimed at eliminating Twitter’s immunity from legal lawsuits to situations where it operates as a “reader” rather than a publisher. The organization described its new decision in a Twitter thread: “This tweet contradicts our policy about the glorification of violence centered on the last line’s historical significance, its relation to abuse, and the possibility it may incite similar behavior today.
“We took steps to discourage people from being motivated to commit violent crimes, but left the message on Twitter because it is vital that the public can still see the message because of its connection to current topics of public interest.” After years of scrutiny for failing to regularly apply its rules to influential public figures, especially the President, Twitter adopted its public interest exemption in June 2019. “There are certain situations where it might be in the interest of the public to have access to such tweets,” the firm added, “particularly though they may actually violate our laws.”
At the time, Twitter said that the solution – covering the message behind an alert and its algorithmic dissemination – reached “the best balance between encouraging free speech, fostering transparency and the possible damage done by such tweets.” The corporation has also taken action against Trump’s tweets for violation of copyright. In political ads, the president used unlicensed music twice – in a commercial using the theme for the film Dark Knight Rises, then in a parody video set to Nickelback ‘s song Picture. In all cases, the president deleted the posts without protest.