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Trump’s ‘Shooting’ Tweet Has Been Hidden By Twitter Over Policy Violation

Twitter is referring to the fact that Trump’s “looting” comment is a quote from former Miami Police Chief Walter Headley, in charge during the Miami’s 1967 race riots and known for his “stop and frisk” tactics.

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Twitter has taken another shot at President Donald Trump by hiding one of two recent tweets from him, saying it “violated the Twitter rules on glorifying violence.” The tweet in question referred to protests in Minnesota over the death of George Floyd.

Following the protest, Trump said he would send in the US National Guard and added that “when the looting starts, the shooting starts.” Almost immediately, Twitter hid the tweet from view, although it can be accessed by clicking on the “view” button. Engagement is also limited, meaning users can retweet with a comment, but can’t like, reply or retweet it.

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Twitter’s decision to place a “public interest notice” on the tweet was “made by teams within Twitter and CEO Jack Dorsey was informed of the plan before the tweet was labelled,” tweeted Ina Fried from Axios.

In a subsequent tweet, Twitter said that “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.”

Twitter is referring to the fact that Trump’s “looting” comment is a quote from former Miami Police Chief Walter Headley, in charge during the Miami’s 1967 race riots and known for his “stop and frisk” tactics.

During the riots, he used the same phrase: “When the looting starts, the shooting starts.” He’s also known for saying: “We don’t mind being accused of police brutality. They haven’t seen anything yet.”

According to Chris Geidner from the Justice Collaborative, Trump’s tweet also seem to be inaccurate. The Minnesota National Guard tweeted that it had already “activated more than 500 soldiers to St. Paul, Minneapolis and surrounding communities… to protect life, preserve property and the right to peacefully demonstrate.”

It’s the second time in days that Twitter has taken action on a Trump tweet, as the social media network added a fact check to another one just a few days ago. As a result of that action, Trump signed an executive order yesterday trying to limit legal protections for social media sites like Twitter and Facebook. However, critics have said that the order was ill-advised and probably not legally enforceable.

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Last year, Twitter said that it would label but not delete tweets from political leaders, as it was in the “public interest” to leave them up. The company also said that it would downrank such tweets so that they wouldn’t surface easily during searches.

Where Twitter has taken action with recent Trump tweets, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said it’s wrong for companies to become the “arbiter of truth.” As it stands, Trump’s “looting” message is also up on his Facebook account with no label or warning. Trump has long maintained that social media networks have a bias against him and conservative views, so Twitter’s latest action will no doubt greatly escalate tensions between them.

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