Twitter Blocks Replies, Likes, Retweets On Trump’s Video Citing ‘Risk Of Violence’

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Topline

Twitter has blocked all replies, likes and retweets on a video tweeted out by President Donald Trump —  where he addresses his supporters who have stormed the Capitol Building — a move which follows widespread condemnation of the platform’s lack of action in the lead of to the violence in Washington on Wednesday.

Key Facts

The warning label beneath the flagged tweet notes that the restrictions have been put in place “due to a risk of violence.”

The label also disputes Trump’s baseless claim that the election was “stolen” from him.

The company also issued an official statement on the situation unfolding in Washington D.C. stating it was “working proactively to protect the health of the public conversation” on the platform.

The company said that “threats of and calls to violence” were against the social platform’s rules and it was enforcing such rules accordingly.

The company added that it was exploring “other escalated enforcement actions” without detailing them.

Chief Critic

Venture capitalist Chris Sacca slammed Twitter and Facebook CEOs for their platforms’ inaction leading up to the violence, tweeting: You’ve got blood on your hands, Jack and Zuck. For four years you’ve rationalized this terror. Inciting violent treason is not a free speech exercise. If you work at those companies, it’s on you too. Shut it down.”

Big Number

470. That’s the total number of Trump tweets that have been flagged by Twitter as of Thursday afternoon, most of them related to election misinformation.

Further Reading

Trump Falsely Attacks Election Integrity Once Again, Blasts Twitter For Flagging Him (Forbes)

Republican Senators Accuse Facebook, Twitter CEOs Of Censorship, As Democrats Assailed Them For Misinformation (Forbes)





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