Twitter flags Trump’s tweets on George Floyd protests, citing rules against ‘glorifying violence’

The Trump versus Twitter saga continues.

On Thursday, President Donald Trump formally signed an executive order that pushed the federal communications commission to issue new rules on some website protections in the communications decency act to remove liability protections for digital communications services if they restrict content in a way that is deceptive and inconsistent with their platforms’ terms of services.

Trump claimed their act of editorial censorship no longer makes them neutral.

Trump’s executive order came after the social media giant fact-checked his tweets on mail-in ballots.

“The choices that Twitter makes when it chooses to suppress, edit, blacklists, shadow, ban are editorial decisions, pure and simple, they’re editorial decisions. In those moments, Twitter ceases to be a neutral public platform and they become an editor with a viewpoint.”

Even after issuing the order, Trump continued to put out controversial tweets.

Late Thursday night, Trump tweeted a message of support for the governor of Minnesota, where violent protests have erupted in the last three days following the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, who was handcuffed and pinned to the ground with a white officer’s knee — as he pleaded for his life.

Trump said, “Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts.”

Even the White House shared Trump’s comments on Twitter.

Shortly thereafter, Twitter added a warning to Trump’s and the White House’s tweets saying they violated the platform’s rules about “glorifying violence.”

As the violence in Minneapolis escalated on Friday morning, Trump’s political rival – presumed Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden — went live on social media to address the crisis while calling out Trump and said that instead of sending out incendiary tweets – there should be real leadership.

Biden personally spoke to the family of George Floyd as he appealed for justice and police reform.

“We need justice for George Floyd. We need real police reform, but hold cops to a higher standard that so many actually mean that hole is bad cops accountable, repairing the relationship between law enforcement and community.”

After his tweets were flagged by twitter, Trump again lashed out – calling for the social media giant to be regulated and questioned why other users’ tweets are not flagged for inciting violence.


Trump also tried to clarify his comments on Thursday night, claiming he was not calling for violence but rather stating what was happening.

Meanwhile, the Democratic governor of Minnesota spoke on Friday appealing to the protestors to stop the violence and the looting

“We cannot have the looting and the recklessness that went on. We cannot have it, because we can’t function as a society. And I refuse to have it take away the attention of the stain that we need to be working on,” said Gov. Tim Walz, (d) Minnesota.

Meanwhile, Walz also offered an apology to CNN after the Minnesota state patrol arrested a black reporter and his crew while they were reporting on the protests.

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