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Twitter has once again flagged a post from President Donald Trump, claiming that it violated company policy against ‘violence.’
“There will never be an ‘Autonomous Zone’ in Washington, D.C., as long as I’m your President. If they try they will be met with serious force!” Trump wrote in the offending tweet.
The president was referencing an attempt by some Black Lives Matter demonstrators to erect an autonomous zone similar to one that had been in place for several days in Seattle.
Protesters attempted to establish “Black House Autonomous Zone” Monday, but it was quickly dismantled by Metropolitan Police and other law enforcement.
Happened to be passing by the White House and saw this sign go up pic.twitter.com/qCF1hQUi1l
— Ben Zeisloft (@BenZeisloft) June 22, 2020
#Update: More video footages of these Anarchists trying to setup a new Autonomous Zone, this time in #DC 1.2 miles away from the White house, called the "Black House Autonomous Zone #BHAZ" pic.twitter.com/kLOYVI19xs
— Sotiri Dimpinoudis (@Sotiridi1) June 22, 2020
“This Tweet violated the Twitter Rules about abusive behavior. However, Twitter has determined that it may be in the public’s interest for the Tweet to remain accessible,” the social media platform wrote on after flagging the tweet, adding that it constituted “abusive behavior, specifically, the presence of a threat of harm against an identifiable group.”
We’ve placed a public interest notice on this Tweet for violating our policy against abusive behavior, specifically, the presence of a threat of harm against an identifiable group.https://t.co/AcmW6O6d4t
— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) June 23, 2020
The flagging was Twitter’s third against the president, which began when the platform censored a tweet in which he criticized the rioting and looting in Minneapolis, which began after George Floyd died at the hands of police in the city.
The president also ripped state and local Democratic leaders for failing to intervene quickly enough.
“I can’t stand back & watch this happen to a great American City, Minneapolis. A total lack of leadership. Either the very weak Radical Left Mayor, Jacob Frey, get his act together and bring the City under control, or I will send in the National Guard & get the job done right,” he wrote.
“These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won’t let that happen. Just spoke to Governor Tim Walz and told him that the Military is with him all the way. Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts. Thank you!” Trump added.
Twitter claimed the president was “glorifying violence.”
Regarding the president’s tweet about the autonomous zone, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) blasted Twitter for claiming it was a violation of the platform’s rules.
“Beyond satire. Twitter is literally censoring the President of the United States for saying that violent anarchists will not be allowed to take over our nation’s capital & that law enforcement will act to protect public safety. In Big Tech’s Orwellian world, that’s ‘abusive,’” he wrote, ironically, on Twitter.
Twitter is literally censoring the President of the United States for saying that violent anarchists will not be allowed to take over our nation’s capital & that law enforcement will act to protect public safety.
In Big Tech’s Orwellian world, that’s “abusive.” https://t.co/x5FPzcUPWb
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) June 23, 2020
Conservative columnist and Fox News contributor Charles Hurt also ripped Twitter’s action.
“This is insanity, absolute insanity,” Hurt said. “The president is the head of the Executive Branch. He’s in charge of ensuring law and order in this country.”
Hurt noted further that for more than 200 years “we have progressed in this country because we believe in equal justice under the law. It’s what’s chiseled… in the top of the Supreme Court.
“Until somebody takes the reins here — I call on President Trump — until somebody takes the reins here and restores equal justice under law, we’re going to have this going on.”
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