Just like the Twitter experiment, and to nobody's surprise — a Facebook account that copies and re-posts President Donald Trump's posts word-for-word is immediately flagged for inciting violence.
It is long past time for Facebook and Twitter to treat Trump like everyone else, and enforce the rules of their own platform against the biggest threat to safety America has at this time, besides the coronavirus itself.
The warning was received yesterday by "Will they suspend me"—a profile conducting an experiment sharing Trump's updates verbatim to see how the platform responds. It uses the handle @suspendthepres on Twitter, where the test is also ongoing.
The notice forced the deletion of a post that remained untouched on the president's own page, containing the phrase "when the looting starts, the shooting starts." It warned that the account would face a 24-hour suspension if it broke the policies again.
"Facebook took almost exactly a week but they just issued their first warning. Forced deletion of content," the account holder wrote Thursday, as Vice first reported.
"Your post goes against our Community Standards on violence and incitement. We use the same Community Standards around the world for everyone," the message from the social network said, revealing that the offending post had reached 26 people.
The post by President Trump, published on May 29, was widely criticized for appearing to incite state violence against masses of protesters taking to the streets following the killing of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis just four days prior.