Twitter adds warning label to President Trump tweet about Minneapolis

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

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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.

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