Amid the announcement that Donald Trump has contracted COVID-19, Twitter has been set ablaze with opposing hot takes on the news. Some of those takes include the celebration of Trump's diagnosis, but Twitter is now stating that it will remove dialogue that wishes bodily harm upon the President.
tweets that wish or hope for death, serious bodily harm or fatal disease against *anyone* are not allowed and will need to be removed. this does not automatically mean suspension. https://t.co/lQ8wWGL2y0 https://t.co/P2vGfUeUQf— Twitter Comms (@TwitterComms) October 2, 2020
"Tweets that wish or hope for death, serious bodily harm or fatal disease against *anyone* are not allowed and will need to be removed," Twitter's communications team tweeted. "This does not automatically mean suspension.
However, Twitter's warning didn't go over well with some considering many other cases of death threats and harassment that happened on the app regularly, but goes unchecked. Some also pointed out discrepancies with this policy, considering that it's the same platform that allowed Trump to tweet "when the looting starts, the shooting starts" during recent Black Lives Matter protests.
Many also cited that this hasn't been the same energy from Twitter with former political figures, such as when people tweeted threats and other reprehensible messages about former-President Obama and others. Check out what others had to say about Twitter's warning of removing tweets that wish bodily harm to Donald Trump down below.
Looks like no one at Twitter Comms is a woman, Black person, brown person, gay person, trans person, disabled person, liberal person, progressive person, non-religious person, or actual person— Ned Pyle (@NerdPyle) October 2, 2020
Doin a heck of a job, twitter comms pic.twitter.com/5MBTmrtQSy— Ned Pyle (@NerdPyle) October 2, 2020
So many women in polotics have been experiencing this for a long time. This better apply to them too from now on.— Patricia Arquette (@PattyArquette) October 3, 2020
You dudes should really log on to your own website at some point. Incredibly eye-opening!— Jason (@longwall26) October 3, 2020
Since when? You have allowed death threats and harm happen for years to me and people I know.— Lizz "Good Genes" Winstead (@lizzwinstead) October 3, 2020
Now that this rule is so public, you might want to get a team to go through and remove all the “I hope Obama dies” that are still up on the site, along with threats to Clinton, etc., not to mention against so many women whose names I couldn’t search individually— Emily Dreyfuss (@EmilyDreyfuss) October 2, 2020
Is this rule just for men? I do NOT remember this applying to HRC. Or AOC. Or so many others.— Nelba Márquez-Greene (@Nelba_MG) October 3, 2020
You mean “just old white dudes” bc I’ve been here since 2007 & you’ve never enforced that when it was women being threatened— Caryn Rose (@carynrose) October 3, 2020