Washington: Twitter concealed a tweet from Donald Trump on Friday, calling it “beautiful violence” and aggravating the dispute with the US president, who said social media companies would censor him like him Such a conservative voice.
In a move bound to infuriate one of the platform’s most followed users, Twitter said it was placing a “public interest notice” on a Trump message about protests in Minneapolis over the death of an unarmed black man at the hands of the police.
In a late night tweet, Trump wrote: “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!”
A few hours later, the micro-messaging platform hid a tweet in a message, saying that the message “based on the historical background of the last line, the connection to violence and the risk of similar actions today may violate our policy on beautifying violence. “
“As is standard with this notice, engagements with the Tweet will be limited. People will be able to Retweet with Comment, but will not be able to Like, Reply or Retweet it.”
Users can still click and view the full unedited tweet.
Trump, who has 80 million followers on Twitter, attacked on the platform on Thursday and signed an executive order to try to deprive the social media giant of the legal immunity of the content it contains.
The order requires government regulators to assess whether they are eligible for responsible protection of content posted by millions of users.
The move was criticized by critics as a legitimate act of political revenge, after Twitter marked two earlier Trump tweets (the increasingly misleading topic of mailing votes) as misleading.
If action is taken, the action will subvert decades of precedent and treat the Internet platform as a “publisher” who may be responsible for user-generated content.
Trump told reporters at the White House that the reason he took action is because large technology companies “have the power to not censor, can censor, restrict, edit, shape, hide, and change any form of communication between private citizens or the general public. “.
“We can’t let this continue to happen,” Trump said.
-“President’s speech Police”-
Critics say, however, that Trump has no right to regulate private internet operators or change the law known as “Article 230,” and supporters say it allows online platforms such as Facebook and Twitter to flourish.
The American Civil Liberties Union called Trump ’s order “a blatant and unconstitutional threat to punish social media companies that upset the president.”
Eric Goldman, director of the Santa Clara University High-Tech Law Institute, said the order was “more about the political sphere than about changing the law.”
Goldman Sachs said the order “is not legally supported-in the face of more than 900 court decisions, the order is invalid.”
The White House tried to circumvent the rules granting Internet companies immunity, treating them as publishers operating in “public squares.”
“Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube wield immense, if not unprecedented, power to shape the interpretation of public events; to censor, delete, or disappear information; and to control what people see or do not see,” the executive order said.
Although the Trump order does not prevent the platform from reviewing the content, it can bring a lawsuit against anyone who claims to have damaged the content posted online.
Critics say the move represents a dangerous effort by the government to regulate online speech.
Jessica Rosenworcel, a member of the Democratic Party of the Federal Communications Commission, said: “Social media can be frustrating. However, the executive order to turn the FCC into the voice police of the president is not the solution.”
Matt Schruers, chairman of the Trade Organization Computer and Communications Industry Association, warned that “retrieving the fact-finding leadership of the private sector is our expectation of a foreign authoritarian country, not the United States.”
– Wading into quagmire –
Internet companies denied Trump’s prejudice and pointed to his large number of social media followers. But before the tough Liberal Party tried to censor Republicans in the re-election battle in November, the president’s move reflected his narrative.
There has been a long debate about the power of social media companies and their responsibilities for misleading or harmful positions.
Internet services such as Twitter and Facebook have been working to eliminate misinformation, while keeping their platforms open to users.
After long refusing to call on Trump to call for his recurrent factually inaccurate comments, Twitter marked the president’s false claims for the first time on Tuesday.
Trump tweeted (without any evidence) on Twitter that more mail-in votes will lead to his “general election” in November this year.