Twitter Sends Warning Against Users Wishing Death From Covid-19 On Donald Trump
The statement came as a response to a journalist who claimed the social media platform would suspend people who said they hoped the US President dies.
tweets that wish or hope for death, serious bodily harm or fatal disease against *anyone* are not allowed and will need to be removed. this does not automatically mean suspension. https://t.co/lQ8wWGL2y0 https://t.co/P2vGfUeUQf
- Twitter Comms (@TwitterComms) October 2, 2020
In the full reply, Twitter wrote: "Tweets that wish or hope for death, serious bodily harm or fatal disease against *anyone* are not allowed and will need to be removed. this does not automatically mean suspension."
Vice reports that users could have their accounts put into 'read only' mode if they tweet to say they hope the US President dies of coronavirus, although a Twitter spokesperson said they'd prioritise 'the removal of content when it has a clear call to action that could potentially cause real-world harm' and 'won't take enforcement on every tweet'.
On 2 October, the POTUS and FLOTUS (Melania Trump) tested positive for the coronavirus after one of their aides came down with the illness.
Trump has since been transferred to a military hospital in Maryland where he will be able to work from the presidential offices.
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A statement from the White House read: "President Trump remains in good spirts, has mild symptoms, and has been working throughout the day.
"Out of an abundance of caution, and at the recommendation of his physician and medical experts, the President will be working from the presidential offices at Walter Reed for the next few days. President Trump appreciates the outpouring of support for both he and the First Lady."
Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!
- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 2, 2020
They decided to go into quarantine after close White House aide Hope Hicks tested positive for the disease and had been in close contact with the President.
Trump wrote: "Hope Hicks, who has been working so hard without even taking a small break, has just tested positive for Covid 19. Terrible! The First Lady and I are waiting for our test results. In the meantime, we will begin our quarantine process!"
Hicks, a former White House communications director who is now a counsellor for the President, travelled with Mr Trump to and from Tuesday night's debate against Joe Biden in Ohio.
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