Twitter has covered one of Donald Trump’s tweets behind a notice that it “glorifies violence”, further intensifying the social media company’s row with the US president.
The US president’s tweet, posted on Thursday night Washington time, warned people in Minneapolis protesting against the killing of a black man, George Floyd, by a white police officer that he would send the military to intervene if there was “any difficulty”, the Guardian reported.
“When the looting starts, the shooting starts,” Trump wrote, apparently quoting former the former Miami police chief Walter Headley, who in December 1967 promised violent reprisals to protests over stop-and-frisk tactics.
Two hours later, Twitter added a notice to the tweet: “This tweet violated the Twitter Rules about glorifying violence. However, Twitter has determined that it may be in the public’s interest in the tweet to remain accessible.”
The warning was accompanied by a link to its policies about public interest exceptions.