Trump's 'glorifying violence' tweet is available without a label on Instagram and Facebook

Ben Werschkul
DC Producer

President Trump targeted Twitter (TWTR) with an executive order focused on ‘online censorship’ on Thursday. The President also said made sure to note it would apply "whether you’re looking at Google, whether you’re looking at Facebook and perhaps others."

Then, early Friday morning, Trump tweeted about the protests in Minneapolis. While talking about the federal government’s role, he wrote that “[a]ny difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts.”

The company quickly placed a warning label on the tweet saying it “violated the Twitter Rules about glorifying violence.” The tweet remains viewable but with a warning, per Twitter’s rules about leaving up tweets from public figures.


President Donald Trump speaks before signing an executive order on social-media companies at the White House. (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)

It’s worth noting that Trump has also pushed an identical message on other social media platforms where, in another example of the differing ways that social media giants are handling controversial messages, they remain available with no special warning.

The president’s Instagram post went up overnight shortly after the tweet. This morning, it has no special warning and has over 250,000 likes. Instagram is owned by Facebook (FB).

Trump also posted the message to Facebook itself where, likewise, it remains up without any special labeling.

Another platform where the Trump often posts screenshots of his tweets is his Snapchat account (SNAP) but, as of about 9 a.m., the president had not added the Minneapolis message to Snapchat.

Facebook’s approach

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s co-founder and CEO, has talked in recent days about how his company approaches controversial posts differently.

“We have a different policy I think than Twitter on this” he said in a Fox News interview saying “I just believe strongly that Facebook shouldn’t be the arbiter of truth of everything that people say online.”

He added, “I certainly think our policies have distinguished us from some of the other tech companies in terms of being stronger on free expression and giving people a voice than a lot of others out there.”

Trump has noted (on both Twitter and Facebook) Zuckerberg’s comments with seeming approval.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey responded to Zuckerberg saying that the companies “intention is to connect the dots of conflicting statements and show the information in dispute so people can judge for themselves.”

On Friday morning, the official White House Twitter account tried to tweet Trump’s message from that account.

Shortly after it was posted, that tweet earned the same warning from Twitter.

This story has been updated.

Ben Werschkul is a producer for Yahoo Finance in Washington, DC.

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