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Twitter and Facebook executives have been at opposite ends of a crucial debate over the acceptability of President Donald Trump’s posts.
Their interpretations of the same message call into question how other social media platforms will consider the president’s posts moving forward and what it means for private users with accounts on those websites, particularly after Trump signed an executive order attempting to curb platforms’ liability protections.
Consider Trump’s message from last week, when he posted that “when the looting starts, the shooting starts,” in response to the George Floyd protests in Minneapolis, Minn.