Twitter’s latest war with Donald Trump was fuelled this afternoon after the Social Media giant decided to hide Trump’s tweets behind a warning that it “glorifies violence”.
The US president’s tweeted a warning to the protestors in Minneapolis protesting, a message the Social Media company says violated the Twitter Rules about glorifying violence.
“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!” Tweeted Trump.
A number of people have however defended Trump’s tweet.
Jack Posobiec, a China analyst and Mandarin linguist based in Washington says that Trump’s tweet was about rioters escalating violence, and not about using violence against them.
I don’t know who needs to hear this but Trump’s tweet about looters was about rioters escalating violence, not about using violence against them
— Jack Posobiec (@JackPosobiec) May 29, 2020
However, there are those that are of the opinion that President Trump intentionally injected that ambiguity about violence.
In quick response, Trump has unleashed a series of threats, accusing Twitter of doing nothing about what he calls the lies & propaganda being put out by China and the Democrats.
According to the US President, Twitter should be regulated as Congress works on a possible revoking of Section 230.
Section 230 is a section of the Communications Decency Act, which protects social media companies and other computer service owners from liability for anything posted by third parties.
This law also shields websites with comment sections as well as video services like YouTube from lawsuits over content posted by users.