Twitter has, for the first time, flagged and hidden a tweet by United States President Donald Trump, saying he violated Twitter’s rules about glorifying violence.
The Tweet posted on Friday says “when the looting starts, the shooting starts,” commenting on the Minneapolis protest, erupted after the deadly arrest of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man.
Floyd died on Monday after a white Minneapolis police officer used his knee to pin Floyd’s neck to the ground for several minutes.
Twitter flagged the tweet with a disclaimer saying: “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.”
On Thursday night, protestors burned down a police precinct in Minneapolis over no arrest of Floyd’s killers. hundreds of people are still on the street with placards displaying Floyd’s last word ‘I can’t breathe’.
The four officers involved were swiftly fired, but Floyd’s family, community leaders and residents are calling for arrests to be made.