Twitter labels Trump tweet as ‘glorifying violence’

U.S. president had said 'when the looting starts, the shooting starts' regarding protests in Minnesota.

Twitter labels Trump tweet as ‘glorifying violence’

The battle between Donald Trump and Twitter reignited Friday after the social media giant ran a warning label on a tweet by the U.S. president.

The social media giant said that the president’s tweet — which addressed protests in Minneapolis and said that “when the looting starts, the shooting starts” — violated the company’s policies on “glorifying  violence.”

The company also barred individuals from retweeting Trump’s post but only after it had been shared more than 23,000 times.

“We’ve taken action in the interest of preventing others from being inspired to commit violent acts, but have kept the tweets on Twitter because it is important that the public still be able to see the tweet given its relevance to ongoing matters of public importance,” the company said in a post.

Trump’s tweet came after protesters took to the streets in Minnesota to voice their anger against the recent killing of a man by local law enforcement. In a tweet, Twitter said it violated the company’s policies “based on the historical context of the last line, its connection to violence, and the risk it could inspire similar actions today.”

The company’s move comes a day after the U.S. president signed an executive order aimed at punishing Twitter, Facebook and Google for what he perceives as these companies’ attack on free speech. Tech executives and free speech campaigners, however, have defended Twitter’s practice of fact-checking Trump’s comments as a necessary step to protect vulnerable groups.

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EU recovery fund plan ‘absurd,’ Orbán says

Hungarian PM complains scheme would mean 'financing the rich from the money of the poor.'

EU recovery fund plan ‘absurd,’ Orbán says

The European Commission’s proposal to allocate a large portion of a €750 billion recovery fund to relatively well-off countries is “absurd and perverse,” Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said Friday.

“Financing the rich from the money of the poor is I think not a good idea,” Orbán told state-owned Kossuth Rádió.

Under the Commission’s proposal, unveiled this week, the EU would raise €750 billion on the markets and distribute the money as a mix of grants and loans to member countries. The bloc would repay the grants over 30 years, starting in 2028.

The largest beneficiary of the plan would be Italy, which would be eligible for accessing up to €172.7 billion out of the €750 billion, according to Commission figures seen by POLITICO. Spain would be the second-largest beneficiary, receiving a maximum of 140.4 billion, followed by Poland with €63.8 billion.

Hungary would be eligible for a total of €15 billion — €8.1 billion in grants and €6.9 in loans.

Orbán raised concerns about Hungary participating in guaranteeing EU borrowing.

“The situation is that the new distribution system that they presented to us is an absurd and perverse solution, because it gives more resources to the rich than to the poor,” Orbán said.

While noting that there is a need to study the Commission proposal, Orbán raised concerns about Hungary participating in guaranteeing EU borrowing.

The proposal would mean “you as a Hungarian citizen need to take responsibility for the repayment of Greek, Italian or French debt, and if they can’t, you pay it back,” Orbán said.

The prime minister also announced a new “national consultation” where Hungarians would receive questions by post, including on Hungarian-American businessman George Soros’ idea of perpetual bonds, which Orbán referred to as “debt slavery.”

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