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This article was published on June 2, 2020

After Trump, Twitter hides Rep. Matt Gaetz’s tweet for glorifying violence

After Trump, Twitter hides Rep. Matt Gaetz’s tweet for glorifying violence
Ivan Mehta
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Ivan Mehta

Ivan covers Big Tech, India, policy, AI, security, platforms, and apps for TNW. That's one heck of a mixed bag. He likes to say "Bleh." Ivan covers Big Tech, India, policy, AI, security, platforms, and apps for TNW. That's one heck of a mixed bag. He likes to say "Bleh."

Last week, Twitter hid US President Donald Trump’s tweet over threatening Minnesota protestors with military action. The social network has taken similar action to Rep. Matt Gaetz’s tweet that classified “Antifa as terrorists” and asked to “hunt them down like we do those in the Middle East”

Several politicians and policy advocates asked the company to take the tweet down immediately. Before Twitter marked the tweet, it was retweeted over 12,000 times. Just like Trump‘s tweet, this tweet hasn’t been removed from the platform because of its newsworthiness.

Rep. Matt Gaetz

In a statement, a Twitter spokesperson said the tweet was in violation of the company’s glorification of violence policy.

After Twitter marked his tweet, Gaetz said “their warning is my badge of honor.”

Americans are holding protests all over the country after an African-American man, George Floyd, was killed by a former Minnesota police officer. Several political leaders, including Trump, have billed some protestors as Antifa (anti-fascist movement) terrorists.

In the past few weeks, Twitter has been proactive in marking tweets that spread misinformation or glorify violence. Last week, the company embedded fact-checking links to some of Trump’s tweets. In response, Trump signed an executive order that removes a safe harbor for social media companies and holds them liable for content hosted on their platforms.

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