Following President Trump’s positive COVID-19 diagnosis, social media companies have voiced a clear message: Any content that wishes for the death of anyone, including the president, will be removed.
After the president announced that he and first lady Melania Trump tested positive for coronavirus early Friday morning, many people, including his political opponents, wished them well.
But many social media users did not feel the same way, and Facebook, Twitter and TikTok have all announced that posts expressing a desire for someone to die will be removed for violating each platform’s user guidelines.
Twitter said Friday night that “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.
Some Twitter users were surprised by the announcement. In the past, the platform has been inconsistent with removing tweets featuring hate speech and threats of violence.
Facebook and TikTok echoed the sentiment, stating they would remove posts wishing for the president’s death.
President Trump announced early Friday morning he had tested positive for COVID-19, and doctors said Saturday he was fever-free and in “exceptionally good spirits.” They spoke hours after the president was flown to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
On Saturday, Mr. Trump tweeted an update from the hospital, where the White House says he will spend the next few days. He said he is “feeling well” with help from doctors and nurses and everyone at Walter Reed, calling them “AMAZING.”
Source: CBS News