Donald Trump censored for 'glorifying violence' in George Floyd tweet

Trump's tweet has been censored by Twitter.
Trump's tweet has been censored by Twitter. Photo credit: Getty

Twitter has censored a tweet from Donald Trump about African American man George Floyd who recently died after a police officer pinned him to the ground and knelt on his neck for eight minutes.

Twitter placed a public notice over the US President's second tweet in a thread from 5pm Friday saying it violates the social media site's rules by "glorifying violence".

"I can’t stand back & watch this happen to a great American City, Minneapolis. A total lack of leadership. Either the very weak Radical Left Mayor, Jacob Frey, get his act together and bring the City under control, or I will send in the National Guard & get the job done right…" Trump initially tweeted.

Users now have to click over the notice to access the following tweet although no one can like or reply to it.

"These THUGS are dishonouring the memory of George Floyd, and I won't let that happen," it says.

"Just spoke to Governor Tim Walz and told him that the Military is with him all the way. Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts. Thank you!"

Twitter has posted a message saying it made the decision "based on the historical context of the last line, its connection to violence, and the risk it could inspire similar actions today".

Twitter's actions come only hours after Trump said he intended to introduce legislation that may scrap a law protecting social media companies from what users post to their sites.

He signed an executive order on Thursday (US Time) after attacking Twitter for previously tagging his posts about unsubstantiated claims about fraud from mail-in voting.