Twitter continued censoring top U.S. officials this week as it hid a post from Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), claiming the missive was “glorifying violence.”
“Now that we clearly see Antifa as terrorists, can we hunt them down like we do those in the Middle East?” Gaetz wrote in the tweet.
Twitter shielded users from the post, allowing them to click “view” to read it but warning them that the post “violated rules “about glorifying violence.”
“However, Twitter has determined that it may be in the publics interest for the Tweet to remain accessible,” the social media company stated.
Gaetz, a first-term lawmaker, said in response: “Their warning is my badge of honor.”
“Antifa is a terrorist organization, encouraging riots that hurt Americans. Our government should hunt them down. Twitter should stop enabling them. Ill keep saying it,” he added.
Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) was among those calling on Twitter to take Gaetzs tweet down entirely instead of keeping it up and hiding it. Survivors of mass shootings, he said, were contacting him.
“They are scared to death this will inspire someone to start shooting into a crowd tonight. They are right,” he said.
Gaetz called the statement “woke virtue signaling,” adding: “Governments go after terrorists. Individuals dont. We – the government – should continue to do so. And Antifa is rightly on the list! Speak against riots hurting Americans.”
Gaetz and a host of other officials, including President Donald Trump, have said theyre targeting the special status conveyed upon Twitter and other social media platforms in the wake of proven bias and censorship from the companies.