Popular micro blogging platform Twitter has placed public announcement on US president Donald Trump tweet for violating it community policies.
Donald Trump had in in reaction to protest over the killing of a black man George Floyd in Minnesota who was filmed saying he could not breathe as a white police officer used his knee to pin him down.
The protest which has turned violent with shopping malls been looted, and destruction of property, prompting Trump to threaten use if Fire arms on protesters.
These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won’t let that happen,” President Trump’s tweet reads. “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!”Trumps tweet.
But twitter seems to be having issue with the line “when the looting starts, the shooting starts”.
The tweet was not taking down but hidden from Trump’s timeline, but is accessible if you visit the tweet directly after clicking a “view” button. The reach of the tweet will also be 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. Twitter also says that its notice means that the tweet won’t be algorithmically recommended on its platform.Twitter in a follow up tweet explained why the tweet was not taken down entirely.
“We’ve taken action in the interest of preventing others from being inspired to commit violent acts, but have kept the Tweet on Twitter because it is important that the public still be able to see the Tweet given its relevance to ongoing matters of public importance, twitter said in a follow up tweet.