Trump Twitter Fact-Check Manipulated Media Glorifying Violence Abusive Behavior

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A running list of Trump tweets that have been flagged by Twitter

Trump's tweets have been flagged for abusive behavior, manipulated media, glorifying violence, and faced fact-checks.

Jul 2, 2020, 12:14 pm*


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President Donald Trump is known for his prolific use of Twitter—but now his favorite social media platform is beginning to flag and fact-check him.

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The Trump Twitter saga kicked into high gear in recent weeks, eventually leading to the president signing a social media executive order that targeted the liability shield afforded to all websites.

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Twitter introduced a fact-checking feature in March that flags manipulated multimedia content “if it is likely to cause harm.” Twitter also marks tweets that violate their policies, such as glorifying violence, as well.

Trump’s Twitter had been excluded from being flagged for violating the company’s rules for the first few years of his presidency.

Several of Trump’s tweets have now been flagged by Twitter, either for a fact-check or for violating the social media giant’s rules. The labels attached to the tweets range from abusive behavior, manipulated media, and glorifying violence, while others have faced fact-checks.

Here’s a list of tweets from the president that have been flagged. The Daily Dot will update this list if more tweets have labels attached to them.

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Trump Twitter: Tweets from the president that have been flagged

1) Meme photo removed after copyright claim

Trump posted a meme of himself that Twitter that included a photo that was hit with a copyright claim on July 1.

The original photo was an image of the president taken by the New York Times in 2015. The portrait was turned into a meme with the words “they’re not really after me, they’re after you, I’m just standing in their way” added to it.

The Times submitted a complaint to Twitter.

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“Per our copyright policy, we respond to valid copyright complaints sent to us by a copyright owner or their authorized representatives,” a Twitter spokesperson told the Daily Dot. 

The tweet remains live but the image is blocked with a warning that states: “Media not displayed. This image has been removed in response to a report from the copyright holder.”

Donald Trump Twitter DMCA Meme Copyright Takedown
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2) No ‘Autonomous Zone’ in Washington, D.C. flagged for abusive behavior

On June 23, Twitter placed a warning on a tweet Trump sent earlier that day.

The tweet from the president promised “serious force” for any protesters who set up an “autonomous zone” in the nation’s capital like one in Seattle, Washington.

“There will never be an ‘Autonomous Zone’ in Washington, D.C., as long as I’m your President. If they try they will be met with serious force!” Trump tweeted.

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Twitter determined that the tweet violated its rules for abusive behavior. If users look at Trump’s timeline they have to click through the warning to see the original tweet.

Comments and likes were turned off for Trump’s tweet.

Trump Twitter Autonomous Zone Abusive Behavior
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3) ‘Racist Baby’ tweet labeled manipulated media

In mid-June, Twitter labeled a doctored CNN video of two babies that the president shared as manipulated media.

The original video showed a white toddler and a Black toddler running towards each other for a hug.

However, on Trump’s Twitter, the doctored video showed the white child chasing the Black child with tense music in the background. Then, the screen says “what actually happened” and shows the two children hugging along with a warning about “fake news.” It also included fake CNN chyrons calling the baby a Trump voter.”

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“CNN did cover this story – exactly as it happened. Just as we reported your positions on race (and poll numbers). We’ll continue working with facts rather than tweeting fake videos that exploit innocent children. We invite you to do the same. Be better,” CNN responded to Trump’s now unavailable tweet.

Trump’s tweet was labeled as “manipulated media” and the video can no longer be played.

When a user clicks on the video it now reads: “This media has been disabled in response to a report by the copyright owner” with a manipulated media tag underneath it.

Trump Twitter Racist Baby Tweet Removed Manipulated Media
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4) ‘When the looting starts, the shooting starts’ flagged for glorifying violence

In late May, Twitter also blocked a Trump tweet during the Black Lives Matter protests that the social media company said incited violence against protesters.

The tweet came just days after the death of George Floyd, a Black Minnesota man, who died after police knelt on his neck for almost nine minutes. His death has spurred protests against police brutality and racism across the country.

“…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 difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts. Thank you!” Trump tweeted.

Trump used the euphemism “when the looting starts, the shooting starts” which was coined by Walter E. Headley, the police chief of Miami, in 1967 to justify lethal force against race riots. Trump later said he did not know the history of the phrase.

However, Twitter placed a label on the presidents tweet that said it violated the company’s rules about “glorifying violence.”

Users can’t see the tweet on his profile, but can click through a warning to view it.

Trump Twitter When The Looting Starts, The Shooting Starts Glorifying Violence

5) Mail-in ballots tweets fact-checked

Just a few days before the “shooting starts” tweets, another set of tweets were flagged by Twitter. This time the president made incorrect claims about mail-in ballots.

Trump tweeted in response to California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s (D) move to send mail-in ballots to allow Californians to vote-by-mail amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Trump said the voting method is unsafe despite what experts like researchers at the Brennan Center, a nonpartisan law and policy institute, say.

This time the social media site marked Trump’s tweets as disinformation.

“There is NO WAY (ZERO!) that Mail-In Ballots will be anything less than substantially fraudulent. Mail boxes will be robbed, ballots will be forged & even illegally printed out & fraudulently signed. The Governor of California is sending Ballots to millions of people, anyone…..” Trump tweeted last month.

Twitter labeled these two tweets with a “get the facts about mail-in ballots” link.

The link leads users to a page that debunks the president’s tweets.

“On Tuesday, President Trump made a series of claims about potential voter fraud after California Governor Gavin Newsom announced an effort to expand mail-in voting in California during the COVID-19 pandemic. These claims are unsubstantiated, according to CNN, Washington Post and others. Experts say mail-in ballots are very rarely linked to voter fraud,” Twitter’s post stated.

Trump Twitter Mail-In Ballots Fact Check
Trump Twitter Mail-In Ballots Fact-Check

6) ‘We can only re-elect Donald Trump edited video labeled manipulated media

The first Trump tweet to be labeled by Twitter was actually a retweet in March.

Dan Scavino, White House social media director, posted an edited video of Joe Biden stating “we can only re-elect Donald Trump.” The video was shortened from a speech the former vice president gave where he stumbles over his words.

Twitter flagged the video because Biden’s full statement read: “Excuse me. We can only re-elect Donald Trump if in fact we get engaged in this circular firing squad here. It’s got to be a positive campaign.”

Twitter flagged the video as manipulated media. Facebook also flagged it as “partly false information.”

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The president has responded to the fact-checking and glorifying violence tags by pushing a social media executive order that targets Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, a law that shields websites from being liable for what is posted on them by third parties.

The executive order is already facing a legal challenge, claiming that it is unconstitutional.

Given that tweets of his have still been flagged following his signing of the order, he is likely to continue to claim social media has a bias against him.

This post will be updated if Twitter flags more tweets from Trump.


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*First Published: Jun 24, 2020, 7:00 am