Twitter puts warning on Trump tweet for ‘threat of harm’ against DC protesters

U.S. President Donald Trump stops to talk to reporters as he walks to the Marine One helicopter while heading out on a day trip to Arizona and a visit to the U.S.-Mexico border, departing from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, U.S., June 23, 2020. /Reuters

Twitter Warns Trump

Twitter on Tuesday put a warning label on a tweet from President Donald Trump in which he warned if protesters tried to set up an “autonomous zone” in Washington DC they would be “met with serious force!”

“We’ve placed a public interest notice on this Tweet for violating our policy against abusive behavior, specifically, the presence of a threat of harm against an identifiable group,” Twitter said.
Twitter users, including Trump’s supporters, will be unable to retweet the offending tweet due to the measure.
The company explained that although the tweet broke its rules it “will remain on the service given its relevance to ongoing public conversation.”
Trump posted the same message on Facebook. CNN has reached out to Facebook for comment.

Glorification of Violence

This is the fourth time Twitter has taken action against Trump’s account in just a few weeks.In May, Twitter labeled two Trump tweets that made false claims about mail-in ballots in California.

A few days later, Trump tweeted that “when the looting starts, the shooting starts,” which Twitter labeled as a glorification of violence. Facebook and its CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, were criticized by some of its staff when the company took no action on the same post on its platform.  

The visa suspension

Earlier this week, the U.S. President  suspended the entry of some foreign workers in the country in a bid to boost domestic hiring, sparking opposition from corporate America and tech sector executives including Google’s Sundar Pichai and Tesla’s Elon Musk.

The visa suspension, effective June 24, will last until the end of the year and is expected to open 525,000 jobs for U.S. workers.

Apple Inc

“Like Apple, this nation of immigrants has always found strength in our diversity, and hope in the enduring promise of the American Dream. There is no new prosperity without both. Deeply disappointed by this proclamation,” Chief Executive  of Apple Inc, Tim Cook said in a tweet.

His sentiments were echoed by millions of foreigners, living and operating businesses in the U.S.

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