Trump says military could respond quickly to Minneapolis unrest

Unrest rages in Minneapolis over racially charged killing by cops

Trump tweeted after protesters torched a Minneapolis police station.

The US leader said the rioters were dishonouring the memory of George Floyd, the African American who died on Monday after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for almost nine minutes and who has become a fresh symbol of police brutality against blacks.

Zuckerberg had been talking to the White House on Friday to explain the companies policies as Trump had posted on Twitter and Facebook that "when looting starts, the shooting starts", a phrase that most of the readers interpreted as a threat to shoot innocent American citizens that are protesting the death of George Floyd. "Just spoke to Governor Tim Walz and told him that the Military is with him all the way", Trump tweeted.

"We can not and must not allow a small group of criminals and vandals to wreck our cities and lay waste to our communities", Trump said following another night of widespread looting and arson in Minneapolis.

Twitter placed a public interest notice on the post, which said the tweet "violated the Twitter rules about glorifying violence". Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg said the social network didn't put warnings on U.S. President Donald Trump's posts about demonstrations in Minnesota because they talked about potential government military action, which Facebook users need to know about.

Testifying before Congress in October, Zuckerberg said, "If anyone, including a politician, is saying things that can cause, that is calling for violence or could risk imminent physical harm. we will take that content down".

A police station torched during the unrest. REUTERS  AFP
A police station torched during the unrest. REUTERS AFP

Earlier in the week Zuckerberg had criticized Twitter for fact-checking Trump's false claims about mail-in ballots in California.

"He didn't give me an opportunity to even speak", Floyd said.

"I've been struggling with how to respond to the President's tweets and posts all day".

"Personally, I have a visceral negative reaction to this kind of divisive and inflammatory rhetoric".

Floyd's death, one of the latest high-profile killings of an unarmed black person by police, have tapped into a well of anger over the treatment of the black community and other people of color in the US.

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