The White House pushed back on Twitter Friday after the social media platform censored a tweet by President Trump that threatening action against rioters in Minneapolis.
“I can’t stand back & watch this happen to a great American City, Minneapolis. A total lack of leadership,” Trump tweeted early Friday morning. “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…..”
A second tweet continued, “These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won’t let this 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.”
A few hours after the President sent those tweets, Twitter added a disclaimer onto the second tweet, which hides the message.
“This Tweet violated the Twitter Rules about glorifying violence. However, Twitter has determined that it may be in the public’s interest for the Tweet to remain accessible,” the disclaimer read.
On Friday the morning, White House’s official Twitter account responded by reposting the censored tweet in full.
The battle between Twitter and the White House followed President Trump’s Executive Order Thursday calling for regulations that would limit liability protections for social media companies.
Friday morning, WIBC host Tony Katz offered his view of imposing regulations on social media companies. Click below to listen.