Tweeter succumbs to pressure, keeps Trump’s tweet out of sight

by Maruf Adedeji

Tweeter has hidden a tweet from President Trump, announcing that the tweet violates its users’ policy and tagging it to be “glorifying violence”.

This action is the latest between Tweeter and the White House.

Mr Trump had earlier tweeted about Minneapolis city protest in reaction to the murder of a black man in police custody.

Though Tweeter has yet to delete the said tweet, the social media platform has only replaced it with a warning note advising the viewers to decide either to view the tweet content or ignore it.

“Tweeter has determined that it might be in the public’s interest for the tweet to remain accessible,” reads the warning.

Checking the tweet content, the president said he would “send in the National Guard”.

However, the second tweet from him, which reads: “When looting starts, the shooting starts”, did not take long on his profile before it was hidden from viewers.

In mid-2019, Tweeter announced the policy of adding a warning or deleting the tweets that break its rules including the ones from the big fish in the society.

The move is also seen as the bravest and riskiest thing that any social media giant has ever done, according to some social media analysis experts.

Tweeter said it had taken the action in order to avoid “the risk that the tweet could inspire”.

However, President Trump tweeted hours after the warning was added that Twitter was doing nothing about all the lies and propaganda being put out by China or the Radical Left Democrat Party while alleging that the social network was targeting Republicans.

“As it stands, it now looks as though there is no easy way out for either of the two adversaries – in a huge battle over limits of free speech and the rights of social media firms to moderate content is loom,” said Rory-Jones, a technology correspondent.

Before now, the President had signed an executive order in response to the perceived legal protection given to social media platform, which has allegedly stifled free speech.

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