Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) issued a warning notice in President Donald Trump’s tweet, threatening to impose “serious force” on protesters in the US capital, which is the first time since May began to challenge Trump’s tweet. Use the label twice.
“There will never be an ‘Autonomous Zone’ in Washington, D.C., as long as I’m your President. If they try they will be met with serious force!” the president said in his tweet, which Twitter said violated its policy against abusive behavior.
Trump posted the message after anti-racism protesters on Monday declared a “Black House Autonomous Zone” – referencing a Seattle area taken over by activists known as the Capitol Hill Organized Protest (CHOP) or Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone – in front of St. John’s Episcopal Church near the White House.
Police cleared the White House area on Tuesday and blocked access to the site. Earlier this month, law enforcement used violence to disperse protesters.
Twitter said it hid Trump’s tweets behind its “public interest” notice because it included threats of harm to identifiable groups. The tag restricts tweets posted by government officials who violate Twitter rules, while keeping them online for review.
A Twitter spokesperson said that the team within the company’s security department informed the CEO of the decision before applying the notice.
Facebook took a more non-interfering attitude toward the political leaders’ speech, but the post was not affected.
According to the latest images captured by the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine, before Twitter restricted participation, at least 150,000 people liked Trump’s tweet, and 33,000 people retweeted it. His post on Facebook received 12,000 comments.
The warning escalated Twitter’s challenge to Trump, who has used the platform unhindered for years to rally supporters and mock opponents.
After the company began applying tags to its messages last month, Trump announced plans to repeal or weaken a law protecting Internet companies in order to more actively regulate social media platforms.
Twitter’s first public interest notice to Trump also involved threats of force against protesters. Since black George Floyd was detained by police on May 25, protesters have been demonstrating against racial discrimination .
Trump had used the phrase “when the looting starts, the shooting starts” to threaten deadly force against protesters in Minneapolis, where Floyd died.
Twitter said that message violated its rules against “glorifying violence.” It has also appended fact-checking and manipulated media labels to Trump’s tweets in the last month.