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
Twitter censoring people who wish death upon the President is a bold violation of democracy.
According to democracy, it is only people who support the President who are supposed to be blocked.
Twitter has said that tweets wishing for Donald Trump’s death in the wake of the president’s diagnosis with Covid-19 violate its policies and could result in suspension.
As Trump made his way to Walter Reed medical center for treatment on Friday, many people on Twitter, including his opponent Joe Biden, wished him a speedy recovery. However many others did the opposite, saying they hope he dies from the virus, which has killed more than 200,000 people in the United States under his leadership while he repeatedly downplayed the severity of the disease.
The social media platform confirmed in a tweet Friday that doing so violates Twitter’s “Abusive Behavior policy”, which prohibits tweets “wishing or hoping serious harm on a person or group of people”.
“Tweets that wish or hope for death, serious bodily harm or fatal disease against anyone are not allowed and will need to be removed,” the company said in a tweet. A spokesman told the Guardian this policy has been in place since April and applies to all users, not just Trump.
The announcement came as a surprise to many Twitter users, especially people in marginalized communities who say they frequently experience abuse on the platform. Evan Greer said that as a trans woman and the primary spokesperson for the digital rights organization Fight For the Future, she receives death threats on a “weekly, sometimes daily basis”.
“The decision to suddenly enforce this policy underscores that centralizing content moderation decisions with Big Tech monopolies will always protect the powerful and silence the marginalized,” she said.
A spokesperson from the company told Motherboard it is suspending some users but will not act on every tweet.
Yeah, they won’t act on every tweet.
They might not act on any tweet.
He killed 200,000 people. Hope he dies a horrible death!
— rob hoffman (@Rob_Hoffman) October 2, 2020
I hope they all die. I’m not naming names so I’m not violating twitter’s policy against wishing anyone harm
— Bill (@Bill_TPA) October 2, 2020
No, but seriously, I hope he dies.
— Goldy ☂️ (@GoldyHA) October 2, 2020
I'm not one to laugh at other people's suffering, but….
— Danielle Muscato (@DanielleMuscato) October 2, 2020
PLS DIE PLS DIE PLS DIE https://t.co/xolkdnZSpX
— nedarb (@NEDARBNAGROM) October 2, 2020
time to die please
— chastity (@chastitysongs) October 2, 2020
"Hypocrite Donald Trump claims to be pro-life, dies"
— Gravel Institute (@GravelInstitute) October 2, 2020
So Trump got COVID huh… Welp if he dies he dies… ©️Drago
— IG: @Vstylez (@Vstylez) October 2, 2020
If he dies, it is what it is. https://t.co/FYfD845toW
— American Patriot (@darksheikftf) October 2, 2020
yeah, the irony of trump catching a disease he let thousands and thousands of people die of is quite delicious. even if it wasn't vegan, i wouldn't stop eating it.
— thee anthony fantano (@theneedledrop) October 2, 2020
This might be my favorite so far 👏🏻
— ◢ M i k e D i v a ◣ (@mikediva) October 2, 2020
I hope he suffers through this and dies as he’s losing on election night.
— A$AP CURRY (@lisa_curry) October 2, 2020
No I’m not. I hope they both die.
— Steve Cox (@RealSteveCox) October 2, 2020
That’s all blue checks, which are Twitter-approved publisher accounts.
Anyway, they can’t delete these, because allegedly, someone was mean to a tranny.