Twitter found the glorification of violence in the post of Donald Trump, in which he called the “scumbags” of protesters in Minneapolis, where the police department was burned down and threatened to use firearms.
Trump’s tweet was found to be in violation of social media rules, but he did not block it on Twitter, believing it could generate “public interest”.
I can’t stand back & watch this happen to a great American City, Minneapolis. A total lack of leadership. Either the very weak Radical Left Mayor, Jacob Frey, get his act together and bring the City under control, or I will send in the National Guard & get the job done right…..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 29, 2020
The company found that the last sentence of the tweet, where Trump quotes “when looting starts, it starts and shootings”, glorifies violence. The phrase belongs to Walter Hadley, who led the police in Miami during the 1967 U.S. racial riots.
Protesters and riots over the death of 46-year-old African American George Floyd in police custody burned down a Minneapolis police station on Friday night. The riots have been going on for three days now – protesters have set fires in the city and robbed shops, with no casualties.
Trump’s resonance decree on social networks
Earlier Trump signed a decree, which is expected to give the authorities more opportunities to regulate social networks. This document is aimed at section 230 of the US Telecommunications Decency Act of 1996.
Section 230 provides broad immunity for websites that oversee and moderate their own platforms. It notes that an interactive computer service provider cannot be considered to be a publisher or an independent source of information provided by a third party.
Meanwhile, the decree says: “When large and influential social media companies censor opinions with which they disagree, they show dangerous power. They cease to function as passive notice boards and must be seen as content creators”.
U.S. companies Twitter, Facebook, and Google have seen Trump’s decree on social media as a threat to Internet freedom.
Earlier in May, Twitter had labeled one of Trump’s messages saying “tweets” could contain inaccurate information. This has caused strong dissatisfaction with the U.S. president.