In the same week where Twitter boss Jack Dorsey placed a fact-checker on one of US President Trump’s tweets (about mail-in ballots), it has now decided to censor him for ‘glorifying violence’.
The US President stated some 2 hours ago that he would send in the military to restore order in Minnesota and stated: ‘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!’
In response, Twitter decided to censor him and block access to it. They put a text over the US President’s text which read: ‘This Tweet violated the Twitter Rules about glorifying violence. However, Twitter has determined that it may be in the public’s interest for the Tweet to remain accessible’
Furthermore, commenters on social media reminded the US President that ‘when a white nationalist drove a car into a crowd of people in Charlottesville Trump definitely didn’t call them “THUGS” or say he will send in the National Guard to shoot them.’
Given that the White House occupant earlier this week threatened to regulate social media, we worry that Mr Dorsey’s company could be in a lot more trouble this time round.