- Twitter marked and restricted another tweet from President Trump as “violating his policy against abusive behavior” on Tuesday.
- “There will never be an ‘Autonomous Zone’ in Washington, DC, as long as I am its president. If they try, they will face serious force!” Trump wrote.
- Trump’s tweet came in response to a group of vandals who spray-painted a historic church near the White House with the phrase “Black House Autonomous Zone.”
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Twitter marked a message from President Donald Trump warning that any attempt by an autonomous zone in DC “will meet serious force” for violating its policy against abusive behavior on Tuesday.
At 8:45 am ET Tuesday, Trump tweeted: “There will never be an” Autonomous Zone “in Washington, DC, as long as I am its President. If they try, they will face serious force!”
Trump’s tweet came after reports of people stealing the historic St. John’s Church in Lafayette Square, located next to the White House, with the phrase “Black House Autonomous Zone” during Monday’s protests by DC night Nearby barricades were also spray painted. phrases “BHAZ”, “BLM” and “F —” the police “.
On Tuesday afternoon, Twitter placed a public interest notice in the tweet and restricted users’ ability to share it for “violating our policy against abusive behavior, specifically, the presence of a threat of harm against an identifiable group.”
The tweet is still available for viewing and may be retweeted, but you did not like or respond to it.
—Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) June 23, 2020
Trump’s warnings against potential creators of a DC “autonomous zone” come after a group of protesters seized Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood and declared it to be the “Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone” without a police presence.
Seattle city officials have said authorities will now move to dismantle and dismantle the commune, which was later renamed the “Capitol Hill Organized Protest” or “CHOP,” after shootings and outbreaks of violence erupted. The neighborhood during the weekend.
In a Monday night tweet, Trump also denounced vandals who removed a statue of former President Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Park, telling them to “be careful” to be prosecuted and to serve up to 10 years in prison under the Law on Veteran Preservation.
Trump’s message promising to meet with the creators of the autonomous zone with “serious force” was the president’s fourth tweet that Twitter has restricted or signaled for violating his policies amid a broader push to verify politicians and enforce terms of service of the site in its most powerful users.
Previously, Twitter added a fact check notice and created a fact check page for some of Trump’s tweets that sent misleading information about mail ballots, and also restricted a Trump tweet that included the phrase, “when it begins looting, he begins the shooting “for violating the site’s policy against glorifying violence.
More recently, Twitter added a “manipulated media” ad to a video Trump shared about two toddlers hugging and playing that had been edited and distorted to make it look like the CNN cable network had broadcast it with its own kilometers.
The video Trump posted was later removed from Twitter and Facebook entirely for violating the copyright of Junkin Media, which had licensed the original, unhandled version of the video.
In early June, Twitter also flagged and restricted a tweet from Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz expressing his desire to “go after” protesters affiliated with Antifa, a decentralized anti-fascist movement, for violating his policy against glorifying violence.
Trump wants to use this little-known law to send protesters disfiguring and knocking down statues to prison for 10 years.
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