Twitter moved Wednesday to restrict engagement with tweets by President Trump and others that have been labeled “due to a risk of violence.”
The announcement comes after hours of silence as violent rioters descended on the US Capitol, and amid mounting calls by the Anti-Defamation League and others for Trump’s Twitter account to be suspended outright.
Twitter did not directly address those calls, but said that the restrictions on sharing and engagement are part of its efforts to monitor the “ongoing situation in Washington.”
Likes have been disabled on Trump’s tweet that claimed Vice President Mike Pence “didn’t have the courage to do what should have been done,” and those wishing to retweet Trump’s tweet are being prompted to add a comment rather than simply amplifying the content.
“In regard to the ongoing situation in Washington, D.C., we are working proactively to protect the health of the public conversation occurring on the service and will take action on any content that violates the Twitter Rules,” Twitter said.
“Threats of and calls to violence are against the Twitter Rules, and we are enforcing our policies accordingly. In addition, we have been significantly restricting engagement with Tweets labeled under our Civic Integrity Policy due to the risk of violence. This means these labeled Tweets will not be able to be replied to, Retweeted, or liked,” the company added.
Twitter is still considering other “escalated enforcement actions,” it added.