It is no longer news that President Trump was diagnosed two days ago with coronavirus disease. The president is currently in isolation with his doctors attending to him. That said, some Twitter users are taking advantage of the situation to wish death upon Trump. Apparently this has not gone down well with Twitter–the microblogging company says such tweets violate its rules.
“Content that wishes, hopes or expresses a desire for death, serious bodily harm, or fatal disease against an individual is against our rules.”
The social networking giant said tweets that openly hope for the death of Trump on its platform “will have to be removed.” As a matter of fact, Twitter vssid such accounts will be put on a “read only” mode.
When Motherboard asked Twitter how tightly it plans to enforce this policy with regard to President Trump, the company said enforcement action will not be taken on every tweet “We’re prioritizing the removal of content when it has a clear call to action that could potentially cause real-world harm.”
Twitter’s statement is bound to elicit mixed reactions as it is pretty difficult to explain how wishing Trump death could cause him any harm, which is what the rule says.
Last July, Twitter suspended the account of the US President’s son Donald Trump Jr. The social media giant said he violated rules for sharing a Breitbart video misinforming about a COVID-19 cure.
The tweet in question showed a group called America’s Frontline Doctors in a press conference. In the video, the doctors said antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine can cure COVID-19. These alleged doctors wearing lab coats informed viewers not to wear face masks. President Trump reshared the post before Twitter removed them.
Trump has been resharing several other posts claiming the drug as an effective cure for COVID-19. This claim however, contradicts the official advice from the FDA.
Also in July, Twitter vowed that its platform would no longer welcome right-wing conspiracy theories also known as QAnon. The microblogging company said it would begin treating QAnon content on its platform differently. Going forward, the company said it would remove related topics from its trending pages and algorithm recommendations. It went further to add that it would rid its platform of all associated URLs, and permanently suspend any accounts tweeting about QAnon that had previously been suspended.
The company said it would permanently suspend such accounts as part of measures to keep its platform safe for all “We will permanently suspend accounts Tweeting about these topics that we know are engaged in violations of our multi-account policy, coordinating abuse around individual victims, or are attempting to evade a previous suspension— something we’ve seen more of in recent weeks.”