Donald Trump Jr., Facebook, Twitter, Ivanka and More Make News
A recent tweet by Donald Trump Jr. violated Twitter’s policy on COVID-19 by linking to a video featuring doctors discussing a drug called hydroxychloroquine. YouTube and Facebook removed the video, which promoted the drug as a COVID-19 cure while dismissing the need for face masks. The tweet prompted a furious response from Twitter users. But Twitter has now lifted the temporary ban.
Sensenbrenner confused Facebook with Twitter
Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner has been making headlines for his recent embarrassing exchange with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg about the suspension of Donald Trump Jr. During a recent antitrust hearing, Sensenbrenner asked Zuckerberg why the company suspended the Trump Jr. account. The exchange prompted a barrage of mockery online, but one thing is clear: Sensenbrenner didn’t understand the differences between the two social media networks.
On Monday, Republican U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner accused Facebook of censoring conservatives and the social media giant of limiting Donald Trump Jr’s account. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that he would remove any content that promotes unproven cures or treatments. The social media company was correct to suspend Donald Trump Jr.’s account after a video promoting an illegal drug was shared on Twitter. While the video was removed from Facebook, versions were shared on Instagram and other social networks.
After hearing testimony from the tech companies, Sensenbrenner asked Zuckerberg why Donald Trump Jr. was locked out of Twitter for 12 hours. Zuckerberg replied that he did not know why he was banned for 12 hours. He claimed the tweet was related to the use of hydroxychloroquine, a drug used for treating coronavirus. In reality, it offers no benefit against the disease.
Shaun King clapped back at Donald Trump Jr.
Twitter activist Shaun King recently logged back into his account to clap back at Donald Trump Jr. The Twitter star was previously gone after Elon Musk purchased the company for $44 billion. However, after the board announced that Musk would sell Twitter to a rival, King took to Twitter again to criticize Trump Jr. and alt-right political activist Jack Posobiec. King then posted a screenshot of his Twitter profile, which sparked further criticism.
Following Trump Jr.’s comment, King recalled his feud with DeRay Mckesson on social media. This is a familiar scenario for King, as Mckesson was involved in the 2014 Ferguson uprising. The two men also have a long history of working together, as King is an MTV documentarian. While King has a slew of loyal followers, the controversy is still fresh and roiling Twitter.
After Elon Musk bought Twitter for $44 billion, there was a big controversy over the move. Some feared that Musk’s purchase would turn Twitter into a “hellhole” under his leadership. People of color Matter extremist Shaun King called Musk’s buy an example of white influence. King’s non-attendance was also lauded by Donald Trump Jr.
Temporary restriction on Donald Trump Jr.’s account
After receiving complaints about a video he posted of himself making false claims about a virus, Twitter temporarily restricted Donald Trump Jr.’s Twitter account. Twitter said that the video violated its policy against spreading misinformation, so it restricted his tweeting for 12 hours. However, Trump Jr. still tweeted multiple versions of the video, which was retweeted many times. The video has gone viral.
The reason for the suspension is unclear, but it is likely related to the video being viral. A video he shared touting the effectiveness of the drug COVID-19 has already amassed 14 million views on Facebook. Twitter did not provide any further information. A spokesperson for the company said the account has been temporarily restricted until it can determine if the video is true. If the account is reactivated, it is unclear what will cause the restriction.
In April, President Donald Trump retweeted the same video, allowing it to spread to millions of people. Twitter did not act on his account, but it did take action against Trump Jr.’s account and video. The video, which had already garnered millions of views, was deleted. The original tweet from Trump Jr. has since been deleted. So far, Trump Jr.’s Twitter account has not been suspended permanently.
In other words, Twitter is removing the “public interest exception” from its policy, but this does not mean that the platform has to delete the tweets. The issue is the future of the platform’s policies. Some people argue that the removal of Donald Trump Jr.’s tweets could further polarize Americans. But there’s no evidence of that yet. If Trump is indeed forced to resign from his position, the suspension of his Twitter account should continue.
Ivanka Trump’s response to a tweet from Donald Trump Jr.
A controversial tweet from Ivanka, the first daughter of Donald Trump, has made the news. She took to Twitter to make a statement about the recent chaos that has erupted in the Capitol building. The rioters are being described as “American Patriots” and a threat to US democracy, described as the worst since the civil war. Ivanka Trump called the rioters “American Patriots.” After receiving a large amount of criticism, she deleted her original tweet and clarified her use of the term.
Unlike the president’s son, the former first daughter has taken to social media to criticize Trump for his anti-immigration politics. The Grammy winner has also tweeted in response to Trump’s recent anti-immigration announcement and proposal to relocate illegal immigrants. The controversy surrounding the tweet is unfortunate for the Trump family. Ivanka’s tweet comes at an unopportune time, when the Trump administration has made the mistake of canceling soccer and English classes for migrants in US shelters. Amid this, 144,000 migrants were arrested in May. Critics of the president have charged him with human rights violations and cruel treatment of migrant families.