Twitter suspending some users for writing ‘I hope Donald Trump dies’
As Donald Trump made his way to Walter Reed medical center for treatment on Friday, many people on Twitter, including his opponent Joe Biden, wished him a speedy recovery. Others did the opposite, saying they hope he dies from the virus, which has killed more than 200,000 people in the United States under his leadership.
Doing this violates Twitter policies, the social media platform confirmed to tech website Motherboard on Friday, and could result in suspension. Twitter’s “Abusive Behavior policy” prohibits tweets “wishing or hoping serious harm on a person or group of people.” A spokesperson from the company told Motherboard it is suspending some users but will not act 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,” the spokesperson told the publication. In light of the rule refresher, some people are finding creative ways around it.
Facebook’s rules differ slightly: users can express that they wish death upon someone as long as that person is a public figure and they are not tagged in the post. In other words, it’s OK to post that you want Trump to die as long as you do not expose Trump himself to “calls for death, serious disease, epidemic disease, or disability.”