Twitter Did It Again! Censors Trump’s Tweet, Cites the President’s “Abusive Behavior”
Within a span of just three weeks, social media giant, Twitter had successfully censored President Donald Trump’s tweets while including various labels that were meant to discredit his statements.
In a recent Twitter post, Trump warned violent protesters in Washington DC about their plans to set up an autonomous region. “There will never be an “Autonomous Zone” in Washington, DC, as long as I’m your President. If they try, they will be met with serious force!” Trump warned.
There will never be an “Autonomous Zone” in Washington, D.C., as long as I’m your President. If they try they will be met with serious force!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 23, 2020
The social media giant immediately took action against the President’s statements declaring that Trump had violated Twitter Rules on abusive behavior. In an official statement, Twitter wrote, “We’ve placed a public interest notice on this Tweet for violating our policy against abusive behavior,” and cited that it presents a “threat” or harm to a specific group of people. However, the tech giant continued to allow users to access Trump’s tweet for the public’s interest.
We’ve placed a public interest notice on this Tweet for violating our policy against abusive behavior, specifically, the presence of a threat of harm against an identifiable group.https://t.co/AcmW6O6d4t— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) June 23, 2020
Earlier this month, Twitter also pulled the same strategy. As nationwide protests broke out across the country, President Donald Trump condemned violent protesters who vandalized, looted, and burned down buildings in the city of Minneapolis. To contain the situation, Trump urged the city’s Democrat, Mayor Jacob Frey, to “get his act together” or else he would be forced to send the National Guard.
However, instead of using Trump’s tweet as a warning against demonstrators, the social media platform hid the President’s statements as violence broke out across 75 cities in America. They also used Trump’s comments against him, saying that such statements “glorified violence.
I can’t stand back & watch this happen to a great American City, Minneapolis. A total lack of leadership. Either the very weak Radical Left Mayor, Jacob Frey, get his act together and bring the City under control, or I will send in the National Guard & get the job done right.....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 29, 2020
Despite Twitter’s best efforts to present itself as an anti-violence platform, the tech giant had hypocritically allowed protesters to use the platform to post and coordinate in their criminal activities. They have even specifically noted which shops they were planning to loot, despite multiple reports being brought up to the company’s attention.
Using keywords such as Santana Row, a shopping district in San Jose, users stormed into the area and looted the local businesses. More bizarrely, Twitter denied that such attempts were criminal in nature. In a statement from the company’s spokeswoman, the tech giant claimed that they are taking “proactive actions” against anyone who attempts to interfere or “disrupt” the “public conversation” about racial injustice.
Twitter also refused to respond to Tweets Black Lives Matter agitator Shaun King, who encouraged violence against Christian churches and religious beliefs, as he called protesters to “tear down” religious symbols. Such statements come as a grave contrast to Twitter’s rules, which claimed that the platform could not be used for any “illegal” or “unlawful” activities.
Moreover, Twitter and Facebook had teamed up to delete a four-minute video that Trump posted, which included images and clips from the George Floyd protests. The President believed that the removal should be considered illegal. However, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey attacked Trump, saying that it was not true and that the post was removed due to a DMCA complaint.
Not true and not illegal.— jack (@jack) June 6, 2020
This was pulled because we got a DMCA complaint from copyright holder. https://t.co/RAsaYng71a
As the election season draws to a close, both mainstream media and social media have tirelessly worked to water down the President’s campaign. In fact, Twitter had also placed a censor over Trump’s tweets in which he claimed that a vote-by-mail system would leave votes susceptible to fraud. The President believed that Twitter’s censorship had “stifled” freedom of speech.
....Twitter is completely stifling FREE SPEECH, and I, as President, will not allow it to happen!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 26, 2020