Twitter notes that the president’s post breaks its rules about ‘glorifying violence’ as he warns demonstrators, ‘When the looting starts, the shooting starts.’
AceShowbiz -Twitter risks irking Donald Trump again after taking issue with one of his latest tweets. The social media application marked the president’s post as having “glorified violence,” just hours after he signed an executive order threatening to strip the company of protections against liability.
In the said tweet, Trump weighed in on the riots in Minneapolis. Borrowing a quote from a former Miami police chief who said, “When the looting starts, the shooting starts,” he threatened to fire shots at protesters.
“These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won’t let that happen. Just spoke to Governor Tim Walz and told him that the Military is with him all the way. Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts. Thank you!” read the tweet in question.
The problematic tweet is now hidden and has been replaced with Twitter’s notice which reads, “This Tweet violated the Twitter Rules about glorifying violence. However, Twitter has determined that it may be in the public’s interest for the Tweet to remain accessible.”
Explaining its move, the company said the move was “in the interest of preventing others from being inspired to commit violent acts.”
Trump’s tweet has also sparked backlash from other social media users, with one confused user asking, “Did trump just declare war?” A second commenter remarked, “He said he finna shoot people… that was a mistake.” Another added, “This is the same man that called neo nazis and white supremacist ‘very fine people.’ “
Meanwhile, Trump posted the tweet in response to George Floyd protests which have spread nationwide. Since Wednesday, May 27, videos circulated online of people looting Target. On Thursday, protesters took over the 3rd Precinct of the Minneapolis Police, and lit it and buildings surrounding it on fire.
On early Friday, CNN reporter Omar Jimenez along with several crew members were arrested by Minneapolis Police while conducting a live television report covering the protests. Police claimed they were being detained because they were not following instructions to move however live television coverage proved otherwise, but CNN later said in a statement that the three journalists were arrested “for doing their jobs, despite identifying themselves.” Jimenez was released from custody shortly afterward.
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