Twitter censors Trump tweet about Minneapolis protests for "glorifying violence"

by Adam Ford · May 29th, 2020 7:10 am

Last Updated May 30th, 2020 at 8:00 am

Twitter has hidden one of President Trump's tweets, saying that it "violated the Twitter Rules about glorifying violence," escalating the feud between the president and tech giant that reached new heights Wednesday when Twitter slapped a "fact-check" warning on one of Trump's tweets for the first time.

After protests descended into riots in Minneapolis as a police station was torched and looting proliferated, Trump posted a two-tweet thread early Friday morning, threatening to send in the National Guard to get the city under control.

The second of the two tweets was hidden for breaking Twitter's rules:

The first tweet in the thread reads:

"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."

The second tweet, which was censored, can be seen if users click on the "view" button after viewing the warning label, though the warning label remains above the tweet even when viewing:

The tweet reads:

"These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won't let that happen. Just spoke to Governor Tim Walz and told him that the Military is with him all the way. Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts. Thank you!"

At 7:10 a.m. Friday, Trump then tweeted:

"Twitter is doing nothing about all of the lies & propaganda being put out by China or the Radical Left Democrat Party. They have targeted Republicans, Conservatives & the President of the United States. Section 230 should be revoked by Congress. Until then, it will be regulated!"


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