An account testing Twitter’s terms of service by posting verbatim copies of President Donald Trump’s tweets was suspended in less than three days for breaking the social media platform’s rules about glorifying violence, according to the creator of the account.
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The Twitter account, @SuspendThePres, was created to tweet out messages previously posted by the president in an experiment to see if Twitter would allow the content to stay up if it weren’t being published by Trump himself.
The account copied Trump’s tweets verbatim starting Friday and was reportedly suspended by Monday for 12 hours, after Twitter determined that the account had violated platform rules against glorifying violence.
The tweet that got the account suspended was a copy of Trump’s Friday message about Minneapolis protesters in which Trump wrote “when the looting starts, the shooting starts,” which critics said threatened opening fire on protesters.
When Trump himself tweeted the message, it was allowed to stay up, but remains flagged by Twitter for glorifying violence.
Twitter states in its rules that it makes exceptions for some high-profile accounts and allows tweets that would be deleted on other accounts because “it may be in the public’s interest for the Tweet to remain accessible.”
After the 12-hour suspension on @SuspendThePres ended, the account is back up and running.
The phrase “when the looting starts, the shooting starts,” was infamously used by Miami police chief Walter Headley in justifying his tough policies on the civil rights marches of the 1960s. “We don’t mind being accused of police brutality,” Headly said at the time.
Last week, Trump took offense at Twitter flagging the tweet for glorifying violence, stating, on Twitter of course, “It was spoken as a fact, not as a statement… nobody should have any problem with this other than the haters.” Twitter had already gotten under the president’s skin that week for displaying fact-check tags on two of his tweets that featured misleading information regarding mail-in ballots and voter fraud. Trump went on to sign an executive order that seeks to limit a law, Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, that shields social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook from lawsuits over content that appears on their sites. It will likely face legal challenges.