Twitter limits the reach of tweets that fuel the violence in the US Capitol

Twitter began limiting the reach of tweets on Wednesday that sparked an attack on the U.S. Capitol by a mob trying to turn election results upside down.

“We have severely limited exposure to tweets flagged as part of our Civic Integrity Policy due to the risk of violence,” said the Twitter support team.

“This means that these labeled tweets cannot be replied to, retweeted, or liked.”

Twitter and other social platforms faced challenges amid the turmoil after President Donald Trump, an avid Twitter user, rallied supporters in the capital when Congress was asked to confirm Joe Biden’s November election.

A Trump video clip posted on his official Twitter account was tagged with a note stating that the election fraud allegation was controversial and that the tweet could not be replied to, retweeted or liked “because of the risk of violence”.

Facebook didn’t respond to a question about whether the social network is taking steps to keep the DC chaos from being lauded or exacerbated.

A look at the rival social network Parler revealed posts praising the mob attack on the Capitol.

“Disappointing. Pelosi, Schiff, Nadler, Schumer, Romney have all escaped. DC is a target-oriented environment,” it said in a post on a @ Macholatte account.

“I hope some of the DemonRat residences are set on fire.”

A report by the Proud Boys militia group in Parler published a photo of a smiling man apparently carrying a podium in the Capitol.

Another Parler post threw insults to Vice President Mike Pence, including calling him a “traitor” for refusing to reverse the November election results.

Conservatives who support Trump have added alternative social media sites to their online platforms that have filtered unverified claims.


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