Social media is reacting after Twitter on Tuesday flagged another one of President Donald Trump’s tweets. The tweet in question, which the platform marked because of a "threat of harm," saw the president warning protesters that any attempt to erect an "autonomous zone" in Washington D.C. would be "met with serious force!" Although hidden behind a warning, the tweet is still able to be viewed.
There will never be an “Autonomous Zone” in Washington, D.C., as long as I’m your President. If they try they will be met with serious force!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 23, 2020
The tweet was eventually marked with a public interest notice for "violating our policy against abusive behavior, specifically, the presence of a threat of harm against an identifiable group," Twitter announced. The platform added that Trump's tweet would "remain on the service given its relevance to ongoing public conversation." Interactions with the tweet are now limited, with Twitter users unable to reply, like, or retweet it but still able to retweet with comment.
Given that the tweet had caused swift controversy, with some having even tagged Twitter in efforts to have it removed or flagged, it comes as little surprise that response to Twitter's action was just as fierce. After the social media platform issued the statement and users took notice of the warning now blocking the president’s tweet, Twitter erupted with comments from both those supporting the moves and those angered by it, some even calling to "cancel Twitter." Keep scrolling to see how social media is reacting.
I am loving that they keep doing this to his tweets. 😂— natasha polsinelli (@worldofsfm) June 23, 2020
R.I.P. Twitter...— attriphonic⭐⭐⭐ (@BrianDrew75) June 23, 2020
Clearly an outright infringement on the presidents free speech and election interference by twitter..— Amsterdam (@fizztaylor) June 23, 2020
Which tweet? Most of them violate Twitter's rules.— Carlos Rosado (@crosado1968) June 23, 2020
The President of harmful Tweets and conspiracy theories.— Ben Kanas (@benkanas) June 23, 2020
They should put a warning label on him.— cathy stephenson (@cathyst85059788) June 23, 2020
Stop censoring the President’s tweets.— Mark Dice (@MarkDice) June 23, 2020
FINALLY! Thanks Twitter! @GOP— Respect Others: Wear a Mask!!! (@BobWhite22) June 23, 2020
Why doesn’t Twitter put him in Twitter jail? pic.twitter.com/sceixyXGOJ— GlowGetter 🌟 (@letsglowthere1) June 23, 2020