Twitter hides Trump tweet for ‘glorifying violence’ and a Nazi takeover of Minnesota (again)

When Trump calls for killing "thugs" in Minnesota, does he me for people to shoot police? Inquiring minds want to know...

14
1368

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.

__________
BBC
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.

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.”

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.

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”.

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.

“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.

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.

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.

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.

About VT Editors
VT Editors is a General Posting account managed by Jim W. Dean and Gordon Duff. All content herein is owned and copyrighted by Jim W. Dean and Gordon Duff
ATTENTION READERS
Due to the nature of independent content, VT cannot guarantee content validity.
We ask you to Read Our Content Policy so a clear comprehension of VT's independent non-censored media is understood and given its proper place in the world of news, opinion and media.

All content is owned by author exclusively. Expressed opinions are NOT necessarily the views of VT, other authors, affiliates, advertisers, sponsors, partners or technicians. Some content may be satirical in nature. All images within are full responsibility of author and NOT VT.

About VT - Read Full Policy Notice - Comment Policy

14 COMMENTS

  1. If you think it’s the bad police training or a bad apple factor that is the cause of these types of killings you are wrong. It’s the military training that the police has been working very hard to acquire and display because they know that people of all colors will eventually rise.
    The only reason it’s done to a black and not to whites it’s because blacks are poor and institutionalized. They can’t fight back. Even Obama couldn’t fight, and they say he was/is one of them.

    Did you think that the biggest banana republic with the dumbest people on earth with the biggest arsenal of guns, can sail smoothly forever, did you ?

  2. Even if it WERE all local Blacks, no Whites or provocateurs looting, burning.

    Why is it not justifiable, when the SOLE legal basis to “stand your ground” and shoot & kill is only “reasonable fear” (oxymoron).

    Constant Black fear of being murdered in broad daylight, on video, with impunity doesn’t count?

    Not even for “mere” property damage!?

  3. Look at the damn news footage it was almost all WHITE PEOPLE committing the violence! Look at the front page of the Star Tribune news paper and tell me if you see one black face, you dont! More white people are on welfare than black folks.

  4. I’m starting to think Antifa joined the action. Even the locals are bitching about all the burning going on. This will have the opposite effect going forward. People sympathized with the unjust killing of Mr. Floyd. They will not support looting and arson as a natural fallout of protest, especially when most have dutifully stayed in their homes distancing these past months. The blowback will be Trump reelected in November.

    • Why antifa? Is it bad to be anti facist?
      It sure the F wasn’t young black kids starting the fires, people dressed in black from head to toe walking around with umbrellas were some of the people recorded committing violence and when confronted they disappeared. These suspects were also mentioned on the local news.
      That is my old neighborhood, it’s very sad to see it burned to the ground!

    • No, it’s not bad to be anti-fascist. The trouble with these groups starts when anything they don’t agree with gets labeled fascist. What the hell does a Target store, an Arby’s, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Auto Zone have to do with fascism?

    • That said, I wouldn’t rule out a Betsy Devos et alii, style paid provocateur situation. It would tie in with Trump’s “when the looting starts, the shooting starts” tweet.

    • Ed, apparently Target is an avid police supporter. Nothing wrong with that, but you asked.
      And there is nothing wrong with Antifa. Their methods are extremely soft next to what the right wing Republicans are doing to the country and the world.
      Antifa must be a new “commie” word used to pushback against the extreme right direction that the US has been taken since Reagan. Reagan was a lefty next to the trash occupying Washington nowadays.

      And finally I doubt if Trump will be re-elected again. He’s already done enough damage to the US for a few generations. Short of starting an all out war with Iran which was his only job when selected by Adelson, I doubt if people will be sleeping this time around to let a few racist inbred and religious zio nutcase decide their faith.