Isn’t this what really started it all? Trump told police to kill people they arrest, they did and now he want to kill even more.
Welcome to Israel. What is happening in Minneapolis and elsewhere is 100% the result of racist violence by police supported by a corrupt president.
Mr. Trump, *YOU* validated police violence against potentially INNOCENT people in police custody.
— INFANTRY COMBAT VET (@John_Kieffer) May 29, 2020
Police arrest CNN correspondent Omar Jimenez and crew on live television https://t.co/TFNIMCUX0E via @YouTube
Police violence began this, police violence continues, the problem may well be police violence.
— Gordon Duff (@gpduf) May 29, 2020
The problem with the Minneapolis protestors is that they are looting local stores for household goods and not an entire country for millions of dollars
— Sarah Cooper (@sarahcpr) May 29, 2020
The US threatened to destroy Iranian cultural sites and in return, the US had its own cultural sites destroyed. SubhanAllah! https://t.co/k2vJbaM5bw
— Sanaz 🇮🇷 (@beshnav) May 28, 2020
President Trump late Thursday on Twitter appeared to urge the shooting of looters in Minnesota https://t.co/V6SZYUXxRj
— POLITICO (@politico) May 29, 2020
.@chrislhayes: “There is no plan from the President…Not the pandemic. Not the economic crisis. Not the societal inequities. Not predatory policing. Not the protests in Minnesota. Nothing except to make it all worse…This is what Donald Trump’s America has wrought." pic.twitter.com/WAzOgTZ7Ne
— All In with Chris Hayes (@allinwithchris) May 29, 2020
WATCH: In response to President Trump's tweet, Minnesota AG @keithellison says “calling people thugs & calling on people to get shot stems from the same sort of attitude that resulted in the death of George Floyd." pic.twitter.com/URSdc8KXej
— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) May 29, 2020
Twitter hides Trump tweet for ‘glorifying violence’
Twitter has hidden one of President Donald Trump’s tweets from his profile, saying it violates rules about glorifying violence.
US President Donald Trump's tweet on the protests in Minnesota, which he posted as protesters set fires in St. Paul and Minneapolis, has been flagged by Twitter as violating the platform's rules. https://t.co/WRetSthgdA
— CNN (@CNN) May 29, 2020
But instead of being deleted, it has been replaced with a warning and can be viewed by clicking on it.
The warning says “Twitter has determined that it may be in the public’s interest for the Tweet to remain accessible.”
The police state of Minnesota is out of control. These rogue cops just arrested a CNN reporter for covering their activities. In Trump's 2020 America, you're not meant to know what the police are doing. https://t.co/e0YhxfW5NK
— Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) May 29, 2020
It is the latest in an escalating row between Twitter and the White House.
Mr Trump was tweeting about the US city of Minneapolis, which has seen consecutive nights of protests following the death of a black man in police custody.
"These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd": Trump lashes out at Minneapolis protesters https://t.co/Dt6alfgwyo
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) May 29, 2020
Image caption Users have to press the View button to be able to see the President’s tweet
The president said he would “send in the National Guard”, and followed that up with a warning that “when the looting starts, the shooting starts.”
That second tweet was hidden by Twitter for “glorifying violence”.
— Samuel Sinyangwe (@samswey) May 26, 2020
Twitter’s policy of adding a warning to, rather than deleting, tweets that break its rules when it comes to major public figures was announced in mid-2019. But the social network has never used it on Mr Trump – nor deleted any of his tweets before.
“This is the bravest and riskiest thing I’ve ever seen Twitter – or any social media giant – do,” said Carl Miller, from the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media at UK-based think-tank Demos.
The White House Twitter account is spreading the president’s attempt to incite violence as he suggests soldiers should shoot citizens in Minneapolis…while invoking the words of a notoriously racist 1960s police chief. The US is so broken. https://t.co/v4Z7O9fliy
— Brian Klaas (@brianklaas) May 29, 2020
“This pours rocket fuel over the online-harm-versus-free-speech debate. Online content policy doesn’t get more incendiary than this.”
The same post remains unaltered on Facebook, without any warning attached.
The police violence happening tonight in Minneapolis is straight out of the IDF playbook.
How many times have we seen uprisings in Gaza met w/ a storm of tear gas?
How many times are Palestinians in the West Bank doused w/ skunk water during a protest?
US cops train in Israel.
— DSA BDS and Palestine Solidarity🇵🇸🌹 (@DSA_Palestine) May 27, 2020
For years Twitter resisted calls to treat Donald Trump like any other user and make him follow its rules. Then, on Wednesday, it made a first small move, not removing a tweet but adding a fact-checking link.
THIS. We need more of this. Law enforcement and prosecutors at every level must speak out and condemn wrongful acts of police violence. This will help create real change. #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd https://t.co/U5YzJn7tmC https://t.co/U5YzJn7tmC
— Mimi Rocah (@Mimirocah1) May 28, 2020
The company then had two choices – hunker down and weather the storm or continue to take action in accordance with its stated rules. It has now chosen the latter course of action, calling the President out for glorifying violence.
Any other user would have had their tweet removed, and might have seen their account suspended.
May 28th, 2020 Minneapolis 3rd precinct house set ablaze by protestors reacting to repeated, racist, police violence without consequence. pic.twitter.com/WxTfZ4NQXg
— JD Adler, Author (@jd_adler) May 29, 2020
It now looks as though there is no easy way out for either of the two adversaries – a huge battle over the limits of free speech and the rights of social media firms to moderate content is looming.
The move means that other users will not be able to like, reply, or retweet it, Twitter said – but would still be able to retweet with a comment attached.
In a Twitter thread, the social network said: “This tweet violates our policies regarding the glorification of violence based on the historical context of the last line, its connection to violence, and the risk it could inspire similar actions today.”
The “historical context” is a reference to the late 1960s, when the phrase “when the looting starts, the shooting starts” was coined by Miami Police Chief Walter Headley, in reference to his aggressive policing policies in black neighbourhoods.
“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.”
It comes hours after President Trump signed an executive order aimed at removing some of the legal protections given to social media platforms.
Earlier this week, Twitter used its fact-checking function to attach warnings to the president’s tweets for the first time. That led the President to threaten to “shut down” the social networks over allegedly stifling free speech.
The executive order signed by Mr Trump has no immediate effect on the social networks, however – it instead begins a lengthy process that may result in changes down the line.