BEIJING, June 24 (Xinhua) — Twitter on Tuesday warned of a tweet by U.S. President Donald Trump threatening to use “severe force” against protesters in Washington, according tomedia reports. “As long as I am your president, There will never be an ‘autonomous region’ in Washington, D.C.,” Trump wrote in the tweet. If they’re going to try to do this, they’re going to be subjected to heavy force! “
Twitter said Mr. Trump’s tweet violated the company’s policies.
Mr. Trump’s tweet came after anti-racism protesters announced on Monday that they would set up a “Black Palace Autonomous Region” at St. John’s Episcopal Church near the White House.
On Tuesday, police cleared the White House area and cordoned off it. Earlier this month, police also used force in the area to disperse protesters.
A Twitter spokesman said the company’s security department had notified its CEO, Jack Dorsey, after deciding to tag Mr. Trump’s tweets.
Facebook, which is more tolerant of political leaders’ rhetoric, did not address the same content that Mr. Trump posted on the platform.
Recent Internet archives show that before Twitter restricted Trump’s tweet, it had received 150,000 likes and 33,000 retweets, while his Facebook post received 12,000 comments.
Twitter’s latest move has strained their relationship with Trump. For years, Mr. Trump has used Twitter to rally his supporters and taunt his rivals.
Last month, Twitter began warning about Trump’s tweets, and then Trump announced plans to repeal or weaken a law protecting Internet companies, resulting in tighter regulation of social media platforms.
Twitter first warned of Trump’s tweets, which also involved threats of force against protesters. On May 25th a black man named George Floyd was killed in a police over-law, an incident that sparked mass demonstrations and protests in the United States. After protests across the United States, Mr. Trump wrote on Twitter that “when the smash ingons begin, the shooting will begin, ” as a threat of force against protesters. Twitter later said Mr. Trump’s tweet was “glorified violence” and violated company policy.