- US President Donald Trump tweeted about people protesting in Minneapolis and called them thugs.
- Twitter however has said that the tweet glorifies violence and has restricted it.
- The Twitter action comes days after Trump slammed Twitter for fact-checking one of his tweets earlier.
In its fight with the world's most powerful person, which is the US President Donald Trump, Twitter is not shying away. A day after the social media site fact checked Donald Trump in public on one of his tweets, effectively calling him a liar, Twitter on Friday restricted one his tweets by putting it behind a public notice because the tweet "violated the Twitter rules."
In his tweet Trump talked about protesters in Minneapolis, calling them thugs and saying that if there is looting in the city, the shooting will start. Twitter said that the tweet glorified violence.
In his tweet, Trump said, "These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won't let that happen. I 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!"
His tweet comes in the wake of protests in Minneapolis, US, where a black man, George Floyd, died after he was allegedly pinned down on the ground and choked by a police officer using knee. Through his tweets, Trump expressed support for the police and law enforcement agencies.
The tweets from Trump were noticed by Twitter Safety Team which then put a notice on one of them. "We have placed a public interest notice on this Tweet," noted the Twitter Safety team. "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."
While in most other cases, Twitter seeks removal of tweets that violate its rules or suspends the account of the Twitter user, in this case, the tweet has put only behind a public notice.
The move from Twitter comes hours after Donald Trump, angry after one of his tweets was fact-checked by Twitter in public on Thursday, issued an executive order on how social media sites like Twitter regulate user-generated content on their websites. The order says that social media sites should not be allowed in most instances to regulate, block or delete user content.