Twitter: Trump’s CNN attack tweet doesn’t violate rules

A tweet by Donald Trump Sunday, which parodied an old wrestling video to show a GIF of him beating up on someone whose face has the CNN logo superimposed on it, is being widely criticized as inciting violence toward the media.

For that reason, among the many replies and retweets of the president’s tweet are ones saying that it violates Twitter’s terms of service.

But Twitter says it’s OK.

CNN reports that Twitter reviewed the tweet and determined it didn’t violate the social network’s TOS: “Twitter said it considered three factors: the political context of the conversation surrounding the tweet, the various ways it could be interpreted and the lack of details in the tweet itself.”

When reached by SiliconBeat Monday, a Twitter spokeswoman said the company “won’t have anything further” than its comments to CNN.

Here’s some political context, per Twitter’s comment to CNN: Trump has repeatedly used Twitter to attack the news media, including railing against fake news and calling the media “the enemy of the American people.” Last week, Trump tweeted a personal attack on Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough, hosts of the MSNBC TV news show “Morning Joe.” The CNN-attack tweet, which is a doctored version of a 2007 Trump appearance at a WWE event, included the hashtags #FraudNewsCNN and #FNN.

For its part, CNN said in a statement Sunday that “it is a sad day when the president of the United States encourages violence against reporters.” One of its commentators, Ana Navarro, said on ABC’s “This Week”: “He is going to get somebody killed in the media.”

Twitter has been credited with helping elect Trump, whose weapons of choice are tweets posted seemingly with no rhyme or reason. However, Jim Anderson, CEO of online publishing optimization platform SocialFlow, said Trump continues to use social media to his advantage.

“We know that insults to the media play incredibly well to his base, and it’s hard to imagine a scenario where the media can not cover things said by the President of the United States,” Anderson told CBS News.

SocialFlow’s analysis of Trump’s tweets found that the tweets attacking Brzezinski last week (he called her “crazy,” “low-IQ” and claimed he saw her face “bleeding badly” from a face lift) had the most reach and coverage of all of Trump’s insult tweets so far.

Several polls have found that Americans want their president to stop tweeting from his personal account. The latest poll, released Thursday (the same day as the “Morning Joe” attack tweets) by Quinnipiac University, shows that 61 percent of registered U.S. voters think Trump should stop using his personal Twitter account.

Twitter has been urged to dump Trump, but CEO Jack Dorsey has called Trump’s use of the social network “‘fascinating” and “complicated,” and has said it’s “important” for the company that the president use its service.


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  • Letitbe

    (One of its commentators, Ana Navarro, said on ABC’s “This Week”: “He is going to get somebody killed in the media.”) The media didn’t care about anybody getting killed when they ran stories of police shootings (Ferguson the shooting of Michael Brown comes to mind) and make the cops out to be the bad guys, instead in this case, the criminal Michael Brown. I would say that slanted one-sided sensationalist reporting led to the shootings of Police in Dallas.

  • benT

    the potus tweet is hilarious and anyone who does not think it at least funny should go for a VERY long holiday, forget about politics.

  • jackie

    He plays the liberal play book against them I love it.
    He was a democrat all these years so learned it all from them and now he uses it to his own advantage and the skin thinned liberal media can not handle the same medicine they been feeding.
    Showing the president head cut off does not entice any kind of violence getting your rocks off on a play that mocks a murder of him is not dangerous ?
    Please liberals you started this twitter war now deal with it he given you a run for your money and making your show your true colors to the nation ,
    Keep the good show up Trump we love to watch them cry and squirm and act all mighty than thou and try to tell people what they suppose to say and act like . SMH like they set any kind of example for our nation of young.
    They act like idiots and spoiled child who does not get their way.

  • jackie

    Everyone notice since the election CNN and MSNBC does not allow anyone to comment on their articles?
    Talk of stopping freedom of speech and having others disagree with them.
    Talk of skin thinned people look no further than these new outlets.
    Can not stand someone calling them out and want all liberals to bow down to their every word and they do.
    Taking the comment section out tells us they not truthful and do not want people calling their lies out.

    • Corps-74

      jackie, same here, they don”t want any dissent. Go figure.

  • Corps-74

    Trump tweets, liberals chase their tails.