Trump versus Twitter and the Floyd killing

Donald Trump reacted very quickly when Twitter tagged two of his tweets as potentially inaccurate.

Perhaps all of Trump’s tweets could be tagged as potentially inaccurate given his high rating on the Bullshitometer:

Breaking down Trump’s 654 false claims over 14 weeks during the coronavirus pandemic

Over the 14 weeks from the Monday his coronavirus task force started meeting, January 27, through Sunday, May 3, he made 654 false claims — 215 of them specifically about the pandemic. (Lots of the others were about related subjects, like the economy and China.)

Even his accusations of censorship were bull, his tweets were still published in full.

Trump has no tolerance of anything he construes as criticism. So much so that he quickly issued an Executive Order which was basically just a threat with little legal weight.

Trump signs executive order targeting Twitter after fact-checking row

Under a 1996 law, website operators, unlike traditional publishers, cannot generally be held responsible for content posted by users.

The sites are also protected from lawsuits if they block posts deemed obscene, violent “or otherwise objectionable, whether or not such material is constitutionally protected”.

The executive order argues that this immunity should no longer apply if a social network edits posts, such as by adding a warning or a label.

It also says “deceptive” blocking, including removing a post for reasons other than those described in a website’s terms of service, should not be protected.

The executive order also calls for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to spell out what type of content blocking will be considered deceptive or inconsistent with a service provider’s terms and conditions.

So he basically wants the FCC to enforce what he sees as his right to say whatever nonsense he wants to say.

But Twitter has now actually gone further in blocking a trump tweet.

While the second tweet shows fully here, on Twitter it looks like this:

“A total lack of leadership” is fairly ironic from Trump.

His response this time was more defensive…

…for now at least.

But this is not the sort of leadership the US needs right now – Trump reacts quickly when he thinks his own rights have been restricted, but when there are racial riots he fans the flames.

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22 Comments

  1. David

     /  30th May 2020

    Twitter are de platforming him in the lead up to the election, its pretty obvious. Its a private company and can do what it wants but its a dumb move, Jack Dorsey is a bloody idiot and the shareholders will finally put someone sane in charge.
    Ridding yourself of your biggest customer for the Democrat party will lead to a lot of lawsuits and leaves all platforms open to all sorts of issues because they end up being publishers and liable for libelous content. Zuckerberg can see what the end result will be.

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  30th May 2020

      I don’t know why Trump doesn’t set up his own blog and let Twitter twit. He doesn’t need it.

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      • duperez

         /  30th May 2020

        Exactly what I said to a colleague yesterday. You would think that of anyone he would be in the position to do that.

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      • Gezza

         /  30th May 2020

        You don’t understand him as well as you pretend then. That would mean they won.

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        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  30th May 2020

          Hardly. He would take a lot of clicks away from them and a huge number of media links.

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          • Gezza

             /  30th May 2020

            As I said. You don’t understand him. That would mean they won. They drove him out of where he’s been the boss.

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            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  30th May 2020

              I do know him. He can turn on a dime when he wants to. Prob will when it suits.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  31st May 2020

              Estimated value of Trump to Twitter: $2B.

    • Gezza

       /  30th May 2020

      Zuckerberg’s got obscenely rich on HIS platform not doing this kind of thing & flogging off everyone’s data to private companies.

      And yet, bizarrely, they actually DO autobot-filter harmless content & censor it. My Facebook page is not public: it’s set for viewing ONLY by close friends & family. I once posted a gif of a pook taking bread chunks away over the fence “to feed the starving children”. It was blocked & I got a message to say it was because it didn’t meet facebook community standards.

      I clicked on the review button & sent a short message explaining audience & context. Got back a reply saying it had been released, followed immediately by another message saying it was blockec because it didn’t meet community standards. I 🙄 ‘d & gave up.

      Zuckerberg is full of shit, imo. I don’t trust him or his facebook platform.

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    • duperez

       /  30th May 2020

      ‘Jack Dorsey is a bloody idiot and the shareholders will finally put someone sane in charge.’

      In another context that process happens by way of an election.

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      • David

         /  30th May 2020

        Shareholders vote in a board and the board appoints the CEO, it is an election.

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  2. Gezza

     /  30th May 2020


    After stoking the fires of white supremacy and racism your entire presidency, you have the nerve to feign moral superiority before threatening violence? ‘When the looting starts the shooting starts’??? We will vote you out in November. @realdonaldtrump
    — Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) May 29, 2020

    Says she doesn’t care if it costs her fans.

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    • Gezza

       /  30th May 2020

      I’m giving Trump the benefit of the doubt on this one because past experience over there shows he’s right.

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      • Pink David

         /  30th May 2020

        Funny how no one seems to have noticed that Trump is fully on the same side as BLM and Swift etc on the matter of George Floyd.

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        • Fight4nz

           /  30th May 2020

          Funny. But not actually true.

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          • Pink David

             /  30th May 2020

            Explain the difference here? Both think the killing of George Floyd is appalling, and both believe the officer involved should be charged and be held to account.

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  30th May 2020

      I can’t imagine Swift needs to sing another note ever to have more money than she can spend for the rest of her life, so she doesn’t need to worry about her fan base.

      Maybe she will put her money where her mouth is and go into politics? Not many have done it – Reagan and Schwarzenegger come to mind?

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      • Pink David

         /  30th May 2020

        “Maybe she will put her money where her mouth is and go into politics?”

        Funny! Swift is a very serious money making machine. Everything she does is calculated. It’s not her music that got her where she is, it’s the same bland blah that thousands of others can produce.

        Her entry into politics is to enhance her revenue.

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