Twitter Banned Trump For Alleged ‘Incitement Of Violence” But Cuba’s Dictator Still Allowed Despite Reports Of Killed Protesters
Senator Marco Rubio has stepped-up his criticism of Twitter — and called out their “hypocrisy” related to implementing their censorship policies.
The Republican lawmaker blasted the social media once again after it earlier banned former President Donald Trump from its platform for alleged “incitement of violence” while personalities like Cuban dictator Miguel Díaz-Canel continue to be allowed to use Twitter.
“I am not in favor of [Twitter] blocking anybody,” Rubio, who is of Cuban descent said. “But if [Twitter.gov] is going to block American politicians, activists & even a US President they should also block Marxist Socialist dictators who incite street violence,” Rubio said.
Rubio was responding to the tweet made by Cuban dictator Miguel Díaz-Canel, who remains on the platform despite Twitter’s policies regarding the subject of “incitement of violence” — the very rule they used to kick out a former sitting United States president.
I am not in favor of @twitter blocking anybody
But if @twitter.gov is going to block American politicians, activists & even a U.S. President they should also block Marxist Socialist dictators who incite street violence #SOSCuba #PatriaYVida https://t.co/DPIhKHplvL
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) July 13, 2021
“Our action in the streets is against those who promote disorder with an interventionist agenda, manipulating the feelings of the people for the deficiencies and outbreaks of COVID-19,” Díaz-Canel tweeted on Monday after thousands of Cubans took to the streets on Sunday to protest a lack of food and medicine as the country is plunged into a grave economic crisis due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
“The counterrevolution aspires for a war between Cubans,” Díaz-Canel added. “We are not going to indulge them. We will avoid this with unity, discipline, and work.”
His continued rhetoric comes amid reports of violent suppression of protests across the country.
— Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez (@DiazCanelB) July 12, 2021
The Miami Herald in its report said “the unprecedented demonstrations spontaneously grew as the day progressed and were met with a large number of Cuba’s special forces in certain areas.”
“Several videos of violent arrests were posted on social media — including some with audio that appeared to be of gunshots — but the Cuban leader denied the police used force against the demonstrators,” it added.
It went on to detail how people on the ground reported “police and military officers arresting, beating and even reportedly shooting at demonstrators.”
Twitter suspends Trump over “incitement of violence”
Earlier in January, Twitter announced that it is “permanently suspending” the account for former President Trump, citing the alleged“risk of further incitement of violence” following the January 6 Capitol Hill attack.
The platform said then that as part of their “comprehensive analysis,” they cited two tweets that supposedly triggered the chaos which are: “The 75,000,000 great American Patriots who voted for me, AMERICA FIRST, and MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN, will have a GIANT VOICE long into the future. They will not be disrespected or treated unfairly in any way, shape or form!!!”
The other tweet, which caused Trump’s permanent ban from the platform reads: “To all of those who have asked, I will not be going to the Inauguration on January 20th.”
Twitter argued that time that “these two tweets must be read in the context of broader events in the country and the ways in which the President’s statements can be mobilized by different audiences.”
It added that these social media posts made by Trump were also in “violation of the Glorification of Violence Policy” which is a “policy against content that glorifies acts of violence in a way that may inspire others to replicate those violent acts and cause real offline harm, or events where members of a protected group were the primary targets or victims.”
Sen. Marco Rubio, citing mass protests in Cuba against the country's communist regime, has criticized both Twitter and President Joe Biden. https://t.co/NKh6EffLdj
— Newsmax (@newsmax) July 13, 2021
Twitter’s assessment of its decision to censor former President Trump said the “two tweets referenced above under our Glorification of Violence policy, which aims to prevent the glorification of violence that could inspire others to replicate violent acts and determined that they were highly likely to encourage and inspire people to replicate the criminal acts that took place at the US Capitol on January 6, 2021.”
They noted that the two tweets in reference “are likely to inspire others to replicate the violent acts that took place on January 6, 2021, and that there are multiple indicators that they are being received and understood as encouragement to do so.”
Related to all these rules, The Daily Wire wrote: “Why are they not reading Díaz-Canel’s tweets in the context of the broader events in Cuba? Why are they not judging them based on how they could be “mobilized by different audiences?”
Rubio tweets about Cuba
Meanwhile, in a series of tweets, Rubio also called out the Biden administration — and the mainstream media for not covering the Cuba protests enough.
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) July 13, 2021
Frustration with the dictatorships incompetence,greed & repression is mounting rapidly pic.twitter.com/eSAr8Xrxpf
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) July 11, 2021
The protests in #Cuba began over 24 hours ago
And you forgot something 👇 pic.twitter.com/5oeLVPtUGY
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) July 12, 2021
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