House Speaker Nancy Pelosi blasted social media companies during her weekly news conference for ‘pandering’ to the White House pic.twitter.com/Oj1Iqa630A
— Reuters (@Reuters) May 29, 2020
Twitter hides a tweet from President Trump about Minneapolis protests – following the death of unarmed black man George Floyd – saying it violates rules about glorifying violence https://t.co/EopzzoS7S7
— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) May 29, 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.
The same post remains unaltered on Facebook, without any warning attached…
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.”…
Wow, this tweet (look at the date) and some of the responses to it are really something. https://t.co/xUoZ6VKImY
— Patrick Chovanec (@prchovanec) May 29, 2020