In other words, being the president of the United States, Trump’s tweets are viewed by Twitter as content that “is worthy of a public-interest exception.” Of course, the fact that Twitter has even hidden one of his tweets just days after it labeled another of Trump’s tweets as containing false information isn’t likely to sit well with the president. Then again, Trump can always just use Facebook if he doesn’t like Twitter’s policies. … [Read more...] about Twitter hides Trump’s latest tweet about George Floyd because it ‘glorifies violence’
Earlier on Friday, Trump tweeted, “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!”....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!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 29, 2020Close … [Read more...] about Twitter slaps a ‘public interest notice’ on Trump’s tweet for ‘glorifying violence’
Observing that the world is now suffering as a result of the malfeasance of the Chinese government, Trump reiterated that China's cover-up of the Wuhan virus allowed the disease to spread all over the world, instigating a global pandemic that has cost more than 100,000 American lives and over one million lives worldwide. … [Read more...] about Trump says US terminating relationship with WHO; takes steps against China
What could be different about Twitter’s design intervention? Take the flag Twitter used on that Trump ballot tweet: “Get the facts about mail-in ballots.” This is one line of text, six words with an exclamation point icon in front that don’t go so far as to actually say “the above message is demonstrably false.” The message is actually hard to notice because the text is rendered in a substantially smaller font size than the tweet itself. It’s the visual equivalent of Trump shouting at a teleprompter, and an intern in the back of the room whispering, “sir, that message may need a correction.” … [Read more...] about Hush, Trump. Twitter is going easy on you.
For the past few years, conservative lawmakers have been threatening to remove the Section 230 protections as a way of pressuring social media platforms to stop removing conservative content, even when it contains misinformation or threatening language. For example, Republican Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri last year proposed a law that would subject social media companies to regulatory audits to prove their sites give equal treatment to conservative and liberal viewpoints. … [Read more...] about Trump’s new executive order is a ‘mugging of the First Amendment,’ says Sen. Wyden