Trump’s Twitter spat puts the spotlight on a match made in hell

The US leader has harnessed the power of the social media platform like no other. And that’s exactly why Jack Dorsey’s move to slap a warning label on an incendiary tweet is mere tokenism, not all-out war

31st May, 2020
Trump’s Twitter spat puts the spotlight on a match made in hell
US president Donald Trump answering questions on developments in Minneapolis following the death of George Floyd

A long-brewing storm in a social media teacup erupted last week when Twitter affixed the equivalent of a government health warning to three of US president Donald Trump’s tweets in as many days.

On Friday, Twitter slapped a label on a Trump tweet that was posted in the aftermath of riots triggered by the police killing of an unarmed black man in Minneapolis (see panel).

Trump’s post, which recycled the civil rights era...

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