Facebook Says You Can Wish Trump Dies of Covid – As Long As You Don’t Tag Him When You Do It

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Under Facebook’s seemingly completely arbitrary community standards, users can wish President Trump dies of Covid just as long as they don’t “tag” his account when they do it.

Section 9 of Facebook’s Community Standards states, “We distinguish between public figures and private individuals because we want to allow discussion, which often includes critical commentary of people who are featured in the news or who have a large public audience. For public figures, we remove attacks that are severe as well as certain attacks where the public figure is directly tagged in the post or comment.”

In other words users can post their hopes and wishes that the President of the United States succumbs to a dangerous virus, so long as they don’t make a deliberate effort to search for his account and tag it and include it in their post.

Twitter does not draw the same distinction between “public” and “private” figures, but they are also not removing posts that express desire for President Trump’s death. Twitter says they are against such tweets but they “won’t take enforcement action on every Tweet” because the platform is “prioritizing the removal of content when it has a clear call to action that could potentially cause real-world harm.”

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