Twitter hit back at President Donald Trump yesterday by hiding one of his tweets behind a warning label.
Twitter affixed a public interest notice on the tweet for violating its policies against abusive behavior. This isn’t the first time the social media platform has hidden one of the president’s tweets behind a warning label.
The president’s offending tweet followed a clash between protesters and law enforcement near the White House on Monday night. The tweet reads: “There will never be an ‘Autonomous Zone’ in Washington DC, as long as I’m your President. If they try they will be met with serious force!”
Tim Murtaugh, director of communications for the Trump Campaign, responded to Twitter’s actions with his own tweet. In it, Murtaugh questioned Twitter’s bias against President Trump.
President Trump’s tweet refers to an autonomous zone created by Seattle protesters amid national protests against police brutality and the prevalence of racially charged violence in the US. The president has repeatedly chastised Seattle officials for allowing protesters to create the police-free zone and has continually expressed his distaste for those in support of it.
Over the last month, Twitter has spent a lot of time handling President Trump’s controversial tweets. Last week, Twitter appended a warning label to one of President Trump’s tweets after determining it violated its policies on manipulated media. The tweet featured a manipulated version of a viral video showing two toddlers hugging.
Twitter has also fact-checked and restricted a number of President Trumps’ other tweets, including those related to the death of George Floyd, mail-in voter fraud and tweets Twitter claimed glorified violence.
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