Twitter on Friday took the dramatic step of placing a “public interest notice” on a tweet by President Trump.
The social media giant said a tweet by Trump that read “When the looting starts, the shooting starts” violated their policies pertaining to “the glorification of violence.”
“We’ve taken action in the interest of preventing others from being inspired to commit violent acts,” the company said in a statement posted on their platform.
Twitter did not remove the post, they said, because “it is important that the public still be able to see the Tweet given its relevance to ongoing matters of public importance.”
There were certain restrictions placed on the tweet so that it could not receive likes, replies, or retweets. A message preceding the tweet explains that it broke the policy.
Trump’s tweet was paired with another that addressed the destructive protests over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
“I can’t stand back & watch this happen to a great American City, Minneapolis,” the initial post read. “Either the very weak Radical Left Mayor, Jacob Frey, get his act together and bring the City under control, or I will send in the National Guard & get the job done right.”
The president then followed with an attack on the protesters and a threat to take military action.
“These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won’t let that happen,” he wrote.
“Just spoke to Governor Tim Walz and told him that the Military is with him all the way. Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts. Thank you!”
On Thursday night, protesters stormed a police precinct in the city and set it ablaze.
Protests have been ongoing since Floyd’s death on Monday and the reaction to a video that showed a police officer placing his knee on the man’s neck for several minutes.
The president has been feuding with Twitter since the company added a “fact check” to one of his missives on voter fraud.