Twitter makes about-face on Trump tweets but stops short of banning the president

Will Twitter ban President Trump?

5/30/2020 5:02:00 AM

Will Twitter ban President Trump?

Twitter appears to be pivoting toward a more proactive editorial stance with moves to fact check and partially block recent President Trump tweets.

from the official White House account, which had reposted Trump's tweet. Earlier this week, Twitter provided a link to facts about mail-in voting alongside two Trump tweets alleging, without evidence, that the process invites fraud.Those moves prompted Trump to accuse Twitter of regulating free speech and to propose stripping social media companies of their legal protection from liability for content on their platforms.

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"They’ve never added more context to his tweets before the tweet on mail balloting, and they’ve never shielded users from a tweet from Trump for glorifying violence before," said Brendan Nyhan, a Dartmouth College political science professor who has studied misinformation on social media.

It's something of an about-face for Twitter, Napoli said..Until now,"they really have been the most laissez-faire of the platforms," Napoli said. But"this may be the new normal for them."Twitter defends policy on 'glorification of violence'

Twitter spokesperson Trenton Kennedy said in a statement that Trump's tweet on the situation in Minneapolis"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."

"We've taken action in the interest of preventing others from being inspired to commit violent acts, but have kept the Tweet on Twitter because it is important that the public still be able to see the Tweet given its relevance to ongoing matters of public importance," Kennedy said."As is standard with this notice, engagements with the Tweet will be limited. People will be able to Retweet with Comment, but will not be able to Like, Reply or Retweet it."

Twitter signaled in June 2019 that it might take action like this,announcingthat it would begin labeling tweets from leaders and politicians that might violate its rules but should be left up because it is in the public interest.In response to Twitter's action on Friday, the White House's official Twitter account criticized the social media company, saying Trump's tweet discouraged violence and that Twitter is hypocritical because it allows"terrorists, dictators, and foreign propagandists to abuse its platform."

Trump on Thursdaysigned an executive order directing his administration to seek ways to overturn a federal lawsigned in 1996 that protects internet companies from facing legal liability for content on their platforms.Experts say it's extremely unlikely that he will achieve his goal without congressional action, which is similarly unlikely despite a degree of bipartisan discontent with Facebook, Twitter and Google. In addition to the Communications Decency Act, the First Amendment likely protects the social media companies from a government crackdown on their editorial decisions, experts say. Lawsuits accusing the companies of exercising bias have largely failed as there's no law preventing private entities from restricting how the public uses their digital platforms.

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“The First Amendment protects Twitter’s right to respond to the president’s speech, including by attaching warnings to tweets that glorify violence," Jameel Jaffer, executive director at the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University, said in a statement."Fundamentally this dispute is about whether Twitter has the right to disagree with, criticize, and respond to the president. Obviously, it does."

Still, the escalation of tension between Trump and the platform where he has built an extraordinarily influential presence, totaling more than 80 million followers, illustrates the challenges facing social media companies when it comes to policing their platforms.

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Why are these media forums scared of this POS Twitter has no balls to take down the President Trump-Intellectually and emotionally handicapped Everyone should ban trump. he should be in jail. Unfortunately Trump’s schizophrenic raving is the best evidence of his incompetence and inability to even adequately perform the duties of his office. And the best argument for not allowing it to go on for another 4 years !!

Just do it please!! I hope he does close down Twitter and Facebook. He will lose the election worse than any candidate ever. He is a complete dope. Come on jack Do it. Twitter SMDH! Hopefully immediately ! I recently heard that Trump is about to launch his own Twitter-like platform. It will be called TRUMPER where only Trump will be allowed to trump his trumpers. 📢

Yes, they need to take a stand against him. He would stroke out. C'mon, Twitter, shut him down! Let them. Dig their own grave. I think that Trump should look at Twitters terms of service and Twitter should suspend his account when he violates it. They don't have the Balls to ANOTHER ONE BITE THE DUST JUST ONE MORE LIE from the MORON IN CHIEF

YOU CAN’T FIX STUPID Ban his a—, and the rest of his family to, permanently. Twitter was Trumps number one platform for spreading his bull until they dared to correct him, and then he wanted it gone like everyone who disagreed with him I hope so! Please We hope so Following China's lead That would be very nice!

Will president trump ban twitter? Twitter should. Yes they should and Can might save our democracy if they do As president, no matter how hideous his posts, it is in our interest to know what he says, good or bad; Twitter is doing the right thing by at least censoring or fact-checking his tweets. Jack Dorsey has had the b... to stand up to him, not Zuckerberg.

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No they will not. Should they? Maybe. Is he protected by the 1st amend? Is it stranger than fiction that we’re even asking this question about the POTUS? AnyoneButTrump2020 Not a chance. Twitter should not ban our president. Below are the types of people who should be banned from Twitter. The attached post stayed up for five days before Twitter pulled it. That is a bunch of crap and she should be arrested and questioned.

We praying Yes. Yes, they should. Ban the IDIOT POTUS Nope but our President is gonna take care of violent rioters in cities! Twittter will lose all its business very spo Is Li Fei-Fei from The Communist Party of China the new ruler on Twitter? About time! Please! A break for America! The question is ... Will Trump van Tweeter? 😂

Please do! I’ve been reporting his tweets since day 1. He’s a bully

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Twitter flags Trump tweet on Minneapolis for 'glorifying violence'Twitter has slapped a 'public interest notice' on a tweet from President Donald Trump, saying it violated its rules regarding the glorifying of violence. As they should! fridaymorning Minneapolisprotests 101 617 Great job Twitter!