Tuesday 12 December 2017

Twitter responds to Trump's tweet showing him 'body-slamming' man with CNN logo over his face

The video showed Mr Trump attacking a man with a CNN logo on his head
The video showed Mr Trump attacking a man with a CNN logo on his head
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Twitter has responded to US president Donald Trump's tweet which showed him 'body-slamming' a man with a CNN logo on his face – and determined he did not breach the company's strict rules.

On Sunday Trump, whose controversial Tweets have landed him at the centre of severe backlash since his election, posted a video clip that depicts him body slamming and punching a man with a CNN logo on his face.

The video, which originated on Reddit, was accompanied with a tweet that said: "The dishonest media will NEVER keep us from accomplishing our objectives on behalf of our GREAT AMERICAN PEOPLE!"

Twitter has strict rules governing hate speech and violence on its platform. The social network's terms of service ban violent threats, harassment and hateful conduct. Users found perpetrating any of these in their messages are at risk of being barred.

Its rules state: "You may not make threats of violence or promote violence, including threatening or promoting terrorism." It adds that users cannot engage in "the targeted abuse or harassment of others", in particular if that abuse is "one-sided or includes threats".

Breaching these rules can see a user barred or supended form the platform.

However, in a statement to CNN, Twitter confirmed that it did not find the president had breached their rules.

CNN reports:

"Twitter said it considered three factors: the political context of the conversation surrounding the tweet, the various ways it could be interpreted and the lack of details in the tweet itself."

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