Twitters warning on Trump tweet for threat of harm against DC protesters
On Tuesday Twitter Inc. placed a warning notice on a tweet from U.S. President Donald Trump for violating its policy against abusive behavior.
“There will never be an “Autonomous Zone” in Washington, D.C., as long as I’m your President. If they try they will be met with serious force!” the president’s tweet read.
We’ve placed a public interest notice on this Tweet for violating our policy against abusive behavior, specifically, the presence of a threat of harm against an identifiable group.https://t.co/AcmW6O6d4t
— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) June 23, 2020
The company released their message on their Twitter platform saying, it had hidden Trump’s tweet behind its “public interest” notice because there was a threat of harm against an identifiable group.
Anti-racism protesters on Monday declared a Black House Autonomous Zone – referencing a Seattle area known as the Capitol Hill Organized Protest (CHOP) zone or the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone – near the White House in front of St. John’s Church.
Trump has been in battle with the company several times, and has lashed out at Twitter, accusing the company of censoring conservative voices. Trump signed an executive order that sought to punish social media companies by opening the door to changing a federal law that gives Internet companies broad legal immunity over what their users post online.
Republicans are warning Twitter that if they are not careful, the company will have to label itself a ‘manipulator.
Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), the House minority leader, tweeted Tuesday for Twitter to “#StopTheBias.”
“The President tweets that people should stop breaking the law and Twitter moves to censor him,” he wrote.
Twitter said it would leave Trump’s Tuesday tweet online because of its “relevance to ongoing public conversation.”
Trump’s tweet appears to refer to the area in front of the White House that some protesters call the “Black House Autonomous Zone,” which was cleared by police Tuesday According to WP.