October 25, 2020


Facebook and Twitter take action against Donald Trump’s post


The mass civil unrest to protect the rights of the black community has been going all over the USA and many other countries. Regarding the outbreak in Minnesota, USA President Donald Trump took to Twitter to tweet, “when the looting starts, the shooting starts.” Twitter quickly responded to him by adding warning labels to his tweet; They said that his tweet refers to protestors being shot. Twitter said that the post from the President glorified violence and organized hate; hence he had to be warned. The official White house account had reposted the same tweet, and Twitter quickly responded with the appropriate measures. This comes a day after President Trump signed the order making social media responsible for the content posted on their platform. The President and Twitter have been firing shots at each other since Twitter flagged his tweet; many people suggested that such tweets should be taken down. Twitter said that it was in the public interest but was in contrast to the company policy on glorifying violence; hence was flagged. Trump accused Twitter of restricting free speech and later continued to tweet on the platform criticizing them. He wrote, “Twitter is doing nothing about all of the lies & propaganda being put out by China or the Radical Left Democrat Party, and they have targeted Republicans, Conservatives & the President of the United States. Congress should revoke section 230. Until then, it will be regulated!” Twitter, for the first time, had to caution a public personality of his stature, he known for his controversial tweets. Twitter account of the Whitehouse clarified that it was not what the President meant, and he was completely misunderstood. This has led to an ongoing verbal battle between the Republicans and the Twitter officials. This battle goes a week back when Twitter questioned the reliability of Trump’s tweets fact-checking the false statements made by him; this ongoing battle will continue for the foreseeable future.
Facebook followed Twitter and took down President Trump’s re-election campaign ads for breaching its policies on hate. Facebook said that it violated its policy on organized hate. Trump’s advertisement included a symbol that signified the Nazi regime and political prisoners in concentration camps. Trump campaign manager, insisted the red triangle is a “symbol used by Antifa.” He added that a similar symbol is included in the Facebook emoji keyboard. And the logo is also not included in the anti-defamation league database. Hence there is no reason for Facebook to take action against the ad. These events have to lead to tension between Silicon Valley and President Trump.