SOCIAL MEDIA | Twitter Hides Trump Tweet For ‘Glorifying Violence’

JEDDAH | SAUDI ARABIA – Twitter hid a tweet by U.S. President Donald Trump behind a warning for the first time on Friday, accusing him of breaking its rules by ‘glorifying violence’ in a message that said looters at protests in Minneapolis would be shot.

Twitter’s decision to step in escalates a feud between Trump and tech companies. It came hours after Trump signed an executive order threatening Silicon Valley social media firms with new free speech regulations, amid a fight Twitter after the company added a fact-cheching tag to his tweet this week about unsubstantiated claims of fraud in mail – in voting.

It also comes at a time of racially-charged civil unrest in cities across the United States over the death of George Floyd, a black mean seen on video gasping for breath while a white police officer knelt on his neck.

Trump’s tweet labeled by Twitter read: ‘These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won’t let that happen. Just spoke to Governor Tim Walz and told him that the Military is with him all the way. Any difficult and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts. Thank you!’.

Twitter also hid a later tweet from the official White House Twitter account that repeated the message.

Trump, who has more than 80 million followers on Twitter, responded by accusing the company of targeting him and other conservatives for censorship. He threatened new regulation on internet companies and called on Congress to revoke a law, known as Section 230, that protects online platforms from lawsuits over content.

Trump’s message can now be seen only after clicking on a notice which says: ‘This Tweet violated the Twitter Rules about glorifying violence. However, Twitter has determined that it may be in the public’s interest for the Tweet to remain accessible’.

A Twitter spokeswoman said CEO Jack Dorsey had been informed of the decision to hide Trump’s tweet before the label was applied. The decision was based on a policy introduced in June, 2019, which the company said it applied to a Brazilian cabinet member’s tweet in April.

Trump issued his tweet amid days of unrest in Minneapolis, which was engulfed in a third night of arson, looting and vandalism as protesters vented their rage over Floyd’s death.

Four police officers involved in Floyd’s death have been fired and the FBI is investigating. Trump has condemned the kicking and promised justice.


SOCIAL MEDIA | Facebook Takes Down Accounts And Pages Of Trump Ally Roger Stone

MILAN – Facebook Inc on Wednesday removed 50 personal and professional pages connected to U.S. President Donald Trump’s longtime adviser Roger Stone, who is due to report to prison next week. The social media platform said Stone and his associates, including a prominent supporter of the right-wing Proud Boys group in Stone’s home state Florida, … Continue reading SOCIAL MEDIA | Facebook Takes Down Accounts And Pages Of Trump Ally Roger Stone

SOCIAL MEDIA | Facebook Suspends Disinformation Network Tied To Staff Of Brazil’s Bolsonaro

BUCHAREST | ROMANIA – Facebook Inc on Wednesday suspended a network of social media accounts it said were used to spread divisive political messages online by employees of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and two of  his sons. The company said that despite efforts to disguise who was behind the activity, it found links to staff … Continue reading SOCIAL MEDIA | Facebook Suspends Disinformation Network Tied To Staff Of Brazil’s Bolsonaro

BUSINESS NEWS | Saudi Arabia Completes First Phase Of State Mills Privatisation

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Saudi Arabia said on Wednesday it had complete the first batch of its flour milling sector privatization, according to a statement by the state grain buyer and privatization centre. The long-awaited flour mills sale was one of the first privatisations the kingdom planned as part of a wide-reaching overhaul of … Continue reading BUSINESS NEWS | Saudi Arabia Completes First Phase Of State Mills Privatisation

BUSINESS NEWS | Saudi Arabia Nominates Candidate To Bead WTO: Document

GENEVA – Saudi Arabia nominated a former economy and planning minister to head the World Trade Organization on Wednesday, a WTO document showed, amid a last –minute flurry of submission to succeed the incumbent Roberto Azevedo who is stepping down in August. ‘The following communication, nominating Mr. Mohammad Mazid Al-Tuwaijri for the position of Director-General, … Continue reading BUSINESS NEWS | Saudi Arabia Nominates Candidate To Bead WTO: Document

HEALTH | WHO To Travelers – Keep An Eye On ‘Anywhere And Everywhere’ COVID-19

Geneva – The World Health Organization on Tuesday urged travelers to wear masks on planes and keep themselves informed as COVID-19 cases surge again in some countries, prompting new restrictions in places like Australia. Spokeswoman Margaret Harris urged people not to be cough off-guard by resurgent local epidemics and quarantine measures, saying: ‘If it’s anywhere, … Continue reading HEALTH | WHO To Travelers – Keep An Eye On ‘Anywhere And Everywhere’ COVID-19

BUSINESS NEWS | Kanye West’s Clothing Brand Hollywood Production Companies On Pandemic Loan List

LOS ANGELES – Ventures backed by big-name entertainers Kanye West and Francis Ford Coppola were among those approved for loans under a U.S. government program to help businesses survive the coronavirus pandemic, according to a list released on Monday. Billionaire rapper West’s clothing brand Yeezy received clearance for a loan between $2 million and $5 … Continue reading BUSINESS NEWS | Kanye West’s Clothing Brand Hollywood Production Companies On Pandemic Loan List

BUSINESS NEWS | Saudi Unemployment Falls In First Quarter, But Before Coronavirus Impact

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Unemployment among citizens in the first quarter fell below 12% for the first time in four years, official figures released on Tuesday showed, but they did not capture the impact of the coronavirus crisis. Unemployment fell to 11.8%  from 12% the previous quarter, the General Authority for Statistics said. ‘Data … Continue reading BUSINESS NEWS | Saudi Unemployment Falls In First Quarter, But Before Coronavirus Impact

SOCIAL MEDIA | Pompeo Says U.S. Looking At Banning Chinese Social Media Apps, Including TikTok

NEW YORK – Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday that the United States is ‘certainly looking at’ banning Chinese social media apps, including TikTok, suggesting it shared information with the Chinese government, a charge it denied. ‘I don’t want to get out in front of President (Donald Trump), but it’s something we’re looking … Continue reading SOCIAL MEDIA | Pompeo Says U.S. Looking At Banning Chinese Social Media Apps, Including TikTok

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