Twitter has taken another stand against Donald Trump. Trump made a tweet that violated Twitter’s rules about glorifying violence. The tweet has been marked as against Twitter standards and can still be accessed, but the tweet cannot be liked, commented on, or shared.
Trump’s tweet was referring to the riots that are taking place across the U.S. following the death of George Floyd an unarmed black man who was killed by a white police officer.
Trump has threatened to send in the military “to get the job done right.”
Trump tweeted: ‘…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!’
In a statement, Twitter wrote: “We have placed a public interest notice on this tweet from Donald Trump. 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. 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.”
“As is standard with this notice, engagements with the tweet will be limited. People will be able to retweet with a comment, but will not be able to like, reply, or retweet it.”
Earlier this week, Trump threatened to “shut down social media networks” after Twitter fact-checked his tweets on mail-in voting.
After footage showing officer Derek Chauvin pinning Floyd to the ground by placing his knee on his neck chaos broke out across Minnesota. Floyd died in police custody on Monday and four police officers have been fired.
The protests began as peaceful them riots began to break out in several U.S cities including Denver, Louisville, Los Angeles, and New York.
Police ran from the Minneapolis Third Police Precinct late Thursday night after a large crowd broke into the building and set it on fire.
The protests aren’t just about Floyd’s death. Demonstrators are also asking for justice for other African Americans who have been killed by police including Breonna Taylor, who was shot dead by officers in March at her home in Louisville, Kentucky.
Earlier in the day, Trump had tweeted: “I can’t stand back and 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 and get the job done right.”
The FBI and Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is currently investigating Floyd’s death.
“The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office is shocked and saddened by what appeared in a recent video. The BCA and FBI are both investigating the case,” said Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman, who will make the final decision on whether criminal charges are filed.
“The office, though several of our most veteran prosecutors, is assisting in directing that investigation. We are also in consultation with the US attorney. Every person is entitled to fairness; no person stands above the law,” Freeman added.