News of President Trump’s COVID-19 illness recently made headlines around the world, and while most people want him to recover soon, others have publicly expressed hope on Twitter that he will die of illness. As you can imagine, “it’s against Twitter’s rules,” the company made clear. In other words, you can’t say on Twitter that you want Trump to die of COVID-19.
Twitter told the media that it would suspend the accounts of those who publicly expressed hope for Mr. Trump’s death, though it was unclear how long it would take for Twitter to begin doing so. However, instead of taking action on every tweet, they choose to prioritize deleting content when it has a clear call to action that could potentially harm the real world, and its rules do not necessarily mean that the account will be automatically suspended by the machine.
The basis for this action is derived from Twitter’s abuse policy, which is quite clear:
We do not tolerate the content of hope, hope or expression of death, serious bodily harm or fatal illness to an individual or group of persons. This includes, but is not limited to.
I hope someone dies of a serious illness,
want someone to be a victim of a serious accident,
Say that a group of people should be seriously physically injured.
U.S. President Donald Trump is currently on his way to Walter Reed Medical Center for testing and treatment.