After the news spread that President Trump and his wife had contracted the CCP Virus, Twitter issued an official statement informing that it would remove the content of any post that publishes death wishes on anyone as a result of fatal diseases. However, Twitter moderators haven’t done so yet.
“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” stated the Twitter message, which was posted after President Trump’s transfer to Walter Reed Military Hospital was confirmed.
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. https://t.co/lQ8wWGL2y0 https://t.co/P2vGfUeUQf
— Twitter Comms (@TwitterComms) October 2, 2020
The message also points out that a death wish would not necessarily automatically lead to a suspension. As the company’s abusive behavior policies indicate, “a number of factors” are considered in determining the appropriate sanction for violations.
“For example, we may ask someone to remove the offending content and serve a period of time in read-only mode before they can tweet again,” the behavior policies state.
While there are a lot of messages of support for the president and his family because of their situation, on Twitter you can read a lot of aberrant messages with death wishes and joy for the president, written by political opponents and leftist fanatics.
Such is the case of Zara Rahim, former member of Obama’s team and national spokeswoman for Hillary Clinton, who posted, “It’s been against my moral identity to tweet this for the past four years, but, I hope he dies.”
She tried to delete her horrible tweet but @ZaraRahim is a communications person so she knows, the internet is forever. After finding out Trump had coronavirus, the former Obama WH staffer and Clinton National Spokeswoman tweeted "I hope he dies". pic.twitter.com/ZQ9cRjb7P7
— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) October 2, 2020
Steve Cox, independent candidate for the U.S. Congress from California, tweeted, “What if, in the end, both shitty candidates die and #COVID19 ends up saving the world?”
No I’m not. I hope they both die.
— Steve Cox (@RealSteveCox) October 2, 2020
Comedian Lisa Curry wrote: “I hope he suffers through this and dies as he’s losing on election night.”
There has been much evidence in recent months of Twitter’s bias toward censorship and the removal of messages from its platform. The company has repeatedly censored publications by President Trump and his followers while allowing the publication of manipulated videos against President Trump, including those produced by the Biden campaign.
A recent example of this bias was when President Trump posted on his Twitter account, which was an obvious parody of Biden, apparently dancing “F — Tha Police,” and minutes later the video was labeled “manipulated information.”
At the same time, the Biden campaign published a video on social networks in which Trump can be heard saying, “The coronavirus, this is the new hoax.” As if President Trump was minimizing the CCP virus.
Donald Trump is not responsible for COVID-19, but he is responsible for his failed response and for lying to the American people. pic.twitter.com/cWuEoHiUxj
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) September 15, 2020
But really, Trump in his original comments, did not say, “This is the new hoax” immediately after saying “coronavirus,” as the ad makes it sound. The comment about “the hoax” was made several sentences later, but he did so in reference to the media and how they covered his impeachment, not specifically referring to the CCP Virus.
The video is intended to show the president minimizing the virus and showing it as a hoax, when President Trump repeatedly stated the severity of the virus by calling it, for example, “a hardcore killer” on March 21, and also named it as a “plague” at a press conference at the White House on April 1.
The Trump campaign was quick to ask Twitter to use the same label that it has placed on many of the president’s posts, often groundless, which reads: “manipulated information. However, the video continues to be published and without any kind of label.”