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Twitter to remove posts hoping for Trump's death

Twitter to remove posts hoping for Trump's death
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Twitter warned Friday it will remove posts on its platform that wish for President TrumpDonald John TrumpStephen Miller: Trump to further crackdown on illegal immigration if he wins US records 97,000 new COVID-19 cases, shattering daily record Biden leads Trump by 8 points nationally: poll MORE’s death after he announced he tested positive for COVID-19. 

After reports initially surfaced that Twitter would suspend accounts that posted such messages, the company said the tweets would not merit immediate suspension, but would be swiftly removed.

“[T]weets that wish or hope for death, serious bodily harm or fatal disease against *anyone* are not allowed and will need to be removed. this does not automatically mean suspension,” the platform tweeted from its communications account.

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The warning comes the same day as Trump’s announcement that he and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpSchumer calls Trump 'a moron' over coronavirus response Melania Trump gives rally remarks in rare joint appearance with the president The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Election night could be a bit messy MORE have tested positive for the virus, which has infected more than 7.3 million people in the U.S. and killed more than 208,000.

Social media was soon flooded with posts bashing Trump, though Democrats made several statements wishing the president well.

"Jill and I send our thoughts to President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump for a swift recovery," said Democratic presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden leads Trump by 8 points nationally: poll Ivanka Trump raises million in a week for father's campaign On The Money: McConnell says Congress will take up stimulus package at start of 2021 | Lawmakers see better prospects for COVID deal after election MORE. "We will continue to pray for the health and safety of the president and his family."

Twitter said posts that wish for Trump’s death fall under its abusive behavior policy, which says users “may not engage in the targeted harassment of someone, or incite other people to do so. We consider abusive behavior an attempt to harass, intimidate, or silence someone else’s voice.” Under the policy, Twitter may “permanently suspend the account upon initial review” if an account is “engaging primarily in abusive behavior.”