Skip to main content
Publish date:

Twitter adds warning label to President Trump tweet about Minneapolis

The social media network says his tweet is 'glorifying violence.'
Author:

Twitter has added a warning label to a tweet by President Donald Trump referencing the civil unrest in Minneapolis.

Just before midnight, Trump posted two tweets, the first of which criticized a "total lack of leadership" for the events in the "great American city" of Minneapolis, slamming Mayor Jacob Frey.

But it was the second tweet that sparked a warning of "glorifying violence," in which Trump said he has been in contact with Gov. Tim Walz and said the "military is with him all the way."

He then added: "Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts."

In the same tweet, he also referred. to those causing the damage as "THUGS."

Twitter has only this week started adding fact-checking and warning labels to the president's tweets, amid a wider conversation about the content and impact of the president's tweets to his 80.5 million followers.

"This Tweet violates our policies regarding the glorification of violence based on the historical context of the last line, its connection to violence, and the risk it could inspire similar actions today," Twitter said.

"We've taken action in the interest of preventing others from being inspired to commit violent acts, but have kept the Tweet on Twitter because it is important that the public still be able to see the Tweet given its relevance to ongoing matters of public importance."

Based on the restrictions Twitter has set on the tweet, people will be able to retweet it with comment, but will not be able to like, reply, or retweet it.

Sign up for our BREAKING NEWS newsletters

As is standard with this notice, engagements with the Tweet will be limited. People will be able to Retweet with Comment, but will not be able to Like, Reply or Retweet it.

This prompted an angry response from the president in the early hours of Friday morning, claiming Republicans are being targeted ahead of the 2020 election.

Twitter shifted its policy on President Trump after he made a series of tweets linking without evidence MSNBC host Joe Scarborough to the death of his former aide in 2001, prompting a plea from the husband of the late aide for Twitter to take action.

Next Up

flickr - thin ice warning - USFWS Midwest

Snowmobiler goes through the ice on lake near Duluth

Ice thickness varies greatly throughout Minnesota right now.

snow, measuring snow, snow totals

Here's how much snow fell during the weekend winter winter storm

The Highway 2 corridor in north-central Minnesota was the bullseye.

Minneapolis Fire Department

Roof collapses on 3 firefighters in south Minneapolis

The fire happened at a resident east of Lake Nokomis on Sunday.

Joleigha Johnson

42-year-old Minnesota woman missing since December 1

She drives a white 2009 Chevrolet Impala.

icy roads, bad roads

20-year-old killed in crash on icy highway during Sunday snowstorm

More than a foot of snow had fallen in the area where the crash occurred.

Mike Zimmer

Vikings fans clamor for change after latest bad loss under Mike Zimmer

The "fire Mike Zimmer" tweets are raging on Twitter again.

Tony Oliva

Tony Oliva and Jim Kaat are finally heading to Cooperstown

The Twins legends were elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame on Sunday night.

Tanner Morgan

Report: Gophers to play in Guaranteed Rate Bowl

The Gophers will reportedly head to Phoenix to take on West Virginia.

Adam Thielen

Winless Lions beat Vikings on final play of game

Adam Thielen also left early with an ankle injury

Payton Willis / Gopher Basketball

Gophers improve to 7-0 on Willis' late 3-pointer

The Gophers earned back-to-back road victories for the first time since January 2017.

Flickr - police lights squad siren - Edward Kimmel

Woman in critical condition after being shot in the head in St. Paul

Officers responded to the incident at around 2:45 a.m. Saturday.

Related

Screen Shot 2020-05-29 at 6.42.54 AM

Mayor Frey ordered evacuation of 3rd Precinct due to 'imminent' threat

The police station was evacuated around 10 p.m. Thursday.

Screen Shot 2019-10-11 at 7.01.24 AM

City of Minneapolis reveals final cost of President Trump's rally

Mayor Jacob Frey says they're trying to get reimbursed by the Trump campaign.

President Donald Trump

President: If Dems win, 'the whole country will be Minneapolis'

The president was being interviewed by his son.

President Donald Trump

Minneapolis student asks President Trump a question during virtual town hall

"How will I feel safe going back to school if a second wave hits?”

President Trump tweets support of MN House candidate

The Republican is running to keep her seat in the state legislature.

Donald Trump

Trump calls MN "laughingstock" for initial protest response; praises Walz approach

"They walked right through it like it was butter," he said of the Saturday approach.

Image from iOS (7)

Police chief: Much of riot damage caused by those from outside Minneapolis

An "all-out effort" is being made to stop the violence and destruction.

Screen Shot 2020-01-17 at 7.38.30 AM

MN Teacher of Year takes a knee before president at NCAA Championship game

Kelly Holstine was the 2018 Minnesota Teacher of the Year.