Twitter Censors Trump Tweet Condemning Riots, Ignores Posts Promoting Violence
Social media giant allows 'blue tick' accounts to celebrate violent rioting in Minneapolis
Twitter has upped the ante with its censorship campaign against conservatives by hitting President Donald Trump's tweets again on Friday.
Jack Dorsey's social media platform applied a warning label to the president's tweet from late Thursday night that warns users his comments are "glorifying violence" while hiding the content of the post.
The content of the post is then only revealed if the user clicks on "View" and accepts Trump's "Tweet violated the Twitter Rules."
President Trump's post expressed anger at rioters in Minneapolis who were “dishonoring the memory of George Floyd” while warning that “when the looting starts, the shooting starts.”
According to Twitter, however, Trump’s remarks were “glorifying violence.”
“I can’t stand back & watch this happen to a great American City, Minneapolis,” Trump tweeted in a two-part post.
"A total lack of leadership," the president continued.
"Either the very weak Radical Left Mayor, Jacob Frey, get his act together and bring the City under control, or I will send in the National Guard & get the job done right."
The second part of the post was then censored by Twitter, which reads:
“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!”
When Trump’s tweet is viewed on Neon Nettle, it does not show the censorship label that Twitter applied:
....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!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 29, 2020
However, a screenshot of the tweet on Twitter’s platform shows the censorship label that the company applied:
Twitter Comms said in a statement: “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.
"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,” Twitter continued.
"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.”
Twitter’s actions against the president come after Trump signed an executive order on Thursday that took action against social media companies for repeatedly discriminating against and censoring conservatives.
He issued the executive order after Twitter started applying controversial labels to his tweets while largely ignoring false statements from Democrats and the Communist Party of China (CPC).
Twitter took no action against numerous tweets that appeared to encourage rioting, destruction of property, or fighting against law enforcement.
The following controversial tweets, which Twitter did not take any action against, are from public figures or they are tweets that went viral on the platform and garnered tens of thousands of retweets:
The company even “painted #blacklivesmatter on a wall at its San Francisco headquarters, placing the company squarely into the national debate about excessive force used by police with blacks,” USA Today reported in 2014.
In 2018, The Daily Caller highlighted an article that Dorsey promoted on his Twitter account which he described it as “great.”
The article essentially called for turning the entire United States into California and completely eliminating the Republican Party.
The Daily Caller reported:
Author and media consultant Peter Leyden and political commentator Ruy Teixeira argued in the article titled “The Great Lesson of California in America’s New Civil War” that America is already in the midst of a second major domestic conflict of sorts and the way out is for the rest of the country to imitate California.
“In this current period of American politics, at this juncture in our history, there’s no way that a bipartisan path provides the way forward,” they wrote.
“The way forward is on the path California blazed about 15 years ago.”
Essentially, the authors called for a complete marginalization of the Republican Party and its voters since they only care “about rule by and for billionaires at the expense of working people” and not “average citizens.”
California, despite its mass wealth inequality, growing lack of social cohesion, poverty, and soaring housing costs “provides a model for America as a whole,” according to Leyden and Teixeira. …
Yet, they do not call for Democrats to try to understand their political adversaries.
Instead, they proposed Americans “take the Republican Party down for a generation or two” in order to save the country.