Twitter To Suspend Users Wishing Death upon Trump

  • AUTHOR: dua
  • POSTED ON: October 5, 2020

President Donald Trump has Coronavirus and many people find this chucklesome during the ongoing battle with COVID-19.

Okay, let’s be honest: it’s not nice to wish death upon a 74-year-old person, even if he’s a sociopath. So, realizing this, Twitter has decided to remind people of a policy which has been in place since April – a policy that suspends users for hateful comments and abusive behavior.

The policy suspends users' accounts that post “content that wishes, hopes or expresses a desire for death, serious bodily harm or fatal disease against an individual.”

Source: Mashable

In fact, one of the examples on the site clearly mentions that “hoping that someone dies as a result of a serious disease” will be considered abusive.

Hence, recently when it was announced that Trump and Melania have contracted COVID-19, the entire social media went into delirium. In very few minutes, #TrumpHasCovid and #CovidCaughtTrump starting trending worldwide.

While some people sent thoughts and prayers for the President, others started celebrating and called it Karma. Things then went south when a small but significant number of users starting wishing death upon the President, even comparing it with a Simpsons episode.

Right now, Trump is being treated at Walter Reed Medical Centre, and among other treatments, one is an experimental one. He went there via a military helicopter and will be staying in the hospital for a couple of more days.

But others also used Twitter to express the hope that the pandemic would result in the President’s death.

A twitter representative said: “We’re prioritizing the removal of content when it has a clear call to action that could potentially cause real-world harm.”

We wish Donald and Melania Trump a quick recovery! 

Updated October 5, 2020
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