Twitter Says You Cannot Tweet That You Hope Trump Dies From COVID

President Trump has coronavirus, a disease that has killed more than 205,000 people in the United States on his watch. Roughly half the country widely reviles him because of his often negligent and sometimes cruel pandemic policies, social justice, and immigration, among others. Some unknowable percentage of those people want him to die from the disease, and more than a handful of them have already explicitly said they hope the President dies from coronavirus on Twitter.

- Advertisement -

Twitter told Motherboard that users are not allowed to hope for Trump’s death on the platform openly and that tweets that do so “will have to be removed” and that they may have their accounts put into a “read-only” mode. Twitter referred to an “abusive behavior” rule that’s been on the books since April.

“Content that wishes, hopes or expresses a desire for death, serious bodily harm or fatal disease against an individual is against our rules,” Twitter said in a statement. This rule will apply to people who wish death on Trump, the single most potent person globally.

Twitter Says You Cannot Tweet That You Hope Trump Dies From COVID
Twitter Says You Cannot Tweet That You Hope Trump Dies From COVID

As Motherboard has previously reported, Facebook has different speech rules that are focused on celebrities and public figures. Facebook says it “distinguish[es] between public figures and private individuals because we want to allow discussion, which often includes critical commentary of people who are featured in the news or who have a large public audience. For public figures, we remove severe attacks as well as certain attacks where the public figure is directly tagged in the post or comment.” What this means is that it’s OK to post on Facebook that you hope Trump dies, so long as you do not tag him in the post or “purposefully expose” him to “calls for death, serious disease, epidemic disease, or disability.”

Twitter makes no such distinction between public and private figures.

- Advertisement -

When Motherboard asked how tightly Twitter will enforce this policy about Trump, it said that it “won’t take enforcement action on every Tweet. We’re prioritizing the removal of content when it has a clear call to action that could potentially cause real-world harm.” It is not clear whether Twitter believes that hoping for the President’s death can lead him to die, or where the line is.

Also Read:


PUBG Mobile India was Recently Registered as a Company and Launch Soon

PUBG Mobile is one of the leading mobile battle royale titles. The game has amassed a massive fan base worldwide and holds a special place...

YouTube 8K Streaming Support Reportedly Rolling Out to Select Android TV Users

YouTube is reportedly rolling out 8K streaming support for select Android TV users as part of the company’s plans to possibly bring the feature to all users everywhere. According...

Xiaomi India Black Friday sale

Xiaomi has announced that it will be holding a Black Friday sale in India, starting from November 26, which will go on till November...

Fake Mi India products worth Rs 33.3 lakh found in Bangalore and Chennai, Xiaomi issues warning for consumers

HIGHLIGHTS Fake Mi India products have been seized from suppliers in Chennai and Bengaluru.Products worth approximately Rs 33 lakhs were seized during the raids.Almost 3000...

2FA bypass discovered in web hosting software cPanel

Security researchers have discovered a major security flaw in cPanel, a popular software suite used by web hosting companies to manage websites for their customers. The...

Leave A Reply

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here