Twitter, Facebook Remove Posts That Wish for Trump to Die From COVID-19

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Twitter and Facebook have vowed to crack down on messages from users who wish for President Trump to die from the coronavirus, which they say violate their user policies. 

After news broke that Trump and First Lady Melania Trump had tested positive for COVID-19, messages pushing for his ultimate demise popped up on social media, CNET reports.

Facebook spokesperson Liz Bourgeois said in a tweet on Friday that “Facebook is removing death threats or content targeted directly at the president that wishes him death, including comments on his posts or his page — in addition to content tagging him.”

Twitter stated 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.”

Twitter’s statement was met with criticism that its policies are unevenly enforced.

“We hear the voices who feel that we’re enforcing some policies inconsistently. We agree we must do better, and we are working together inside to do so,” Twitter Safety tweeted on Saturday. 

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