NEW YORK—Early this morning, Twitter flagged a tweet by President Trump for violating the platform’s rules against glorifying violence. It also restricted users’ ability to retweet the president’s tweet. The action came a day after the president signed an executive order aimed at regulating social media.
The following response can be attributed to Jameel Jaffer, Executive Director at the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University.
“The First Amendment protects Twitter’s right to respond to the president’s speech, including by attaching warnings to tweets that glorify violence. The claim that the president is the victim of unlawful censorship is a cynical effort to distract. Fundamentally this dispute is about whether Twitter has the right to disagree with, criticize, and respond to the president. Obviously, it does. It is remarkable and truly chilling that the president and his advisers seem to believe otherwise.”
For more information, contact: Lorraine Kenny, Communications Director, Knight First Amendment Institute, firstname.lastname@example.org.