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Twitter on Friday placed a warning on President Donald Trump’s post glorifying violence. The social media company said Mr. Trump violated its rules against glorifying violence when he tweeted about protests over the death of George Floyd, a black man executed in broad day light by a white cop with his hands in his pockets.
“These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won’t let that happen,” Trump tweeted, referring to the protesters who are demanding that the officers involved in Floyd’s arrest be charged.
Not long after the tweet, Twitter added a public interest notice to the post, saying it had “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.”
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NBC noted that “with fires burning in Minneapolis during a third night of protests in the wake of the death of Floyd, Trump threatened to call in the National Guard, labeled the protesters “thugs” and said Mayor Jacob Frey had lost control over the city.”
President signed an executive order on Thursday asking federal regulators to revisit the 1996 law that protects websites from liability for what their users post, just days after Twitter added a fact-check label to a pair of Trump’s tweets for the first time earlier in the week.