Facebook defends Trump's warning to looters

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote in a Facebook post last week that his platform would take no action against a post of Trump's about the George Floyd protests in Minneapolis, in which the president said "when the looting starts, the shooting starts."

Facebook rules prohibit the incitement of violence, but Zuckerberg said it found the post wasn't in breach.

"We decided to leave it up because the National Guard references meant we read it as a warning about state action, and we think people need to know if the government is planning to deploy force," Zuckerberg wrote.

"I know many people are upset that we've left the President's posts up, but our position is that we should enable as much expression as possible unless it will cause imminent risk of specific harms or dangers spelled out in clear policies," he added.

Twitter took an unprecedented step in limiting the public's ability to view the president's tweet, saying it "violated the Twitter Rules about glorifying violence." The tweet is hidden unless a user clicks to display it, and users cannot like or reply to it.

Twitter has not commented on how it prefers for the President to notify citizens of plans to deploy force.