Twitter has twice muted the voice of prolifically tweeting President Donald Trump with a “fact-check” and another shielded post where he allegedly “glorified” violence against the thuggish rioters in Minneapolis (which he didn’t).
But groups and individuals who identify with Antifa, the anarchists who agitate for violence and destruction — most recently following the excessive police force death of George Floyd in Minneapolis — have been allowed to spread their destructive messages on Twitter.
Sure, the platform suspended the account of one such group, but dozens — if not hundreds — more spout their disruptive anarchist garbage on the site, provoking followers to violent resistance against authorities.
Twitter’s rules explicitly state:
You may not threaten violence against an individual or a group of people. We also prohibit the glorification of violence. Learn more about our violent threat and glorification of violence policies…You may not threaten or promote terrorism or violent extremism.
You may not threaten or promote terrorism or violent extremism. There is no place on Twitter for terrorist organizations or violent extremist groups and individuals who affiliate with and promote their illicit activities. The violence that these groups engage in and/or promote jeopardizes the physical safety and well-being of those targeted. Our assessments in this context are informed by national and international terrorism designations. We also assess organizations under our violent extremist group criteria.
Violent extremist groups are those that meet all of the below criteria:
identify through their stated purpose, publications, or actions as an extremist group;
have engaged in, or currently engage in, violence and/or the promotion of violence as a means to further their cause; and
target civilians in their acts and/or promotion of violence.
We examine a group’s activities both on and off Twitter to determine whether they engage in and/or promote violence against civilians to advance a political, religious and/or social cause.
Yet Antifa’s thugs have been allowed to promote violence and organize those efforts on Twitter, almost unhindered. Examples follow:
We’re literally in the midst of a popular uprising for racial & democratic justice on one side, & continued legal lynching & rapidly escalating fascist takeover on the other. Pick a side. Act like the fascist hordes are at the gates, because they are. This is it. History is now? https://t.co/WMaHGtBKQ4— Ryan Shapiro (@_rshapiro) May 31, 2020
no justice, no peace ? https://t.co/YCJJKXuJP1— Ryan Shapiro (@_rshapiro) May 31, 2020
(Note the flames emojis in the tweets above).
This one threatens a “bloodbath:”
Even "liberal" mayors are adherent to keeping you in check. Why? To maintain the same boot on your necks that got everyone here in the first place? Keep the National Guard out of it unless you want a bloodbath – this will cause a civil war. STOP IT. https://t.co/VHdA5cQbpE— Anonymous (@YourAnonNews) May 31, 2020
burn it https://t.co/HOTAf742di— Ryan Shapiro (@_rshapiro) May 31, 2020
The system created Trump, he didn't create the system.— Anonymous (@YourAnonCentral) May 31, 2020
Impunity is what allows racists to police us & criminals to govern us. When justice fails and human dignity is infringed upon. The only language they understand is revolt. #ICantBreathe #GeorgeFloyd #Antifa #BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/zLlh8iuwS8
Revolutionary protests have spread to at least 140 cities across the United States. At least 21 regions have declared martial law and called in regime forces.— Anonymous (@YourAnonCentral) June 1, 2020
The people demand the fall of the regime!#ICantBreathe #GeorgeFloyd #BlackLivesMatter #Anonymous pic.twitter.com/JaRZbGw9xu
There are 2 types of coercion you should be aware of:— Anonymous (@YourAnonCentral) May 30, 2020
Both are being used to dissuade the population from continuing to protest, riot, or revolt. We've fought multiple States and regimes for the last decade so we know how to ID it.
tear them all down https://t.co/GjOLk2bGu7— New York City Antifa (@NYCAntifa) June 1, 2020
ATLANTA #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd pic.twitter.com/WLgQabGabo— Long Beach Antifa (@LBCAFA) May 30, 2020
Total solidarity w all the fierce protesters taking to the streets of Sac 4 #GeorgeFloyd the last 2 days clearly declaring enough is enough.Cops have been upholding this white supremacist structure 4 far too long & it needs to come down.Yesterday Macy's was liberated along with.. pic.twitter.com/7zmMoQKmaN— Antifa Sacramento (@AntifaSac_) May 31, 2020
All revolutionary orgs & collectives main purpose now is to support & push the rebellion as far as possible. Anyone peace policing & stifling revolt is an agent of the state & should be treated as such. The liberal counterinsurgency wing of activism is the first arm of the state.— The Base (@TheBaseBK) May 30, 2020
Attn Sac! It's all out for #GeorgeFloyd !— Antifa Sacramento (@AntifaSac_) May 29, 2020
The call has been made for everyone to meet up at 9am tomorrow morning on the west side of the capitol building downtown. Stick together & look out for one another!More details in the flyer & tweet below. Fight racism! Abolish the police! https://t.co/Xd1qRM9NNa
Damn right. pic.twitter.com/vS9jWqxbOX— Daniel Baryon (@apeirophobic) May 29, 2020
Hundreds of people in #NYC brought the fight home from #Minneapolis last night! Pigs tried to frighten crowds, but nobody stopped!! Vans were chased away, pigs beaten back, & their cars scrambled w/ #FTP scrawled on them! Sporadic memorials for #GeorgeFLoyd held his name high! pic.twitter.com/UQyScbfdsG— RevAbolitionNYC (@RevAbolitionNYC) May 30, 2020
We endorse this candidate. https://t.co/WVVSp9JCye— Long Beach Antifa (@LBCAFA) May 29, 2020
"We Got The Right To Be Mad" https://t.co/KYYC4e9MuI— Indybay (@Indybay) May 30, 2020
This is just a small sampling of the incitement to riot, destroy, and destabilize civil society, by thuggish elements associated with — and supportive of — Antifa. If Twitter thinks Donald Trump needs censorship but these threatening criminals do not, then its protections from litigation under the law, established under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, should be invalidated. The President’s executive action last week was an important first step, but Congress must act.