An NBC journalist and MSNBC host called on Twitter Monday to act against a tweet from President Donald Trump threatening the Iranian president.
Late Sunday, Trump tweeted in all-caps at Hassan Rouhani, saying the Iranian leader would "suffer consequences" if he ever threatened the United States again.
To Iranian President Rouhani: NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE. WE ARE NO LONGER A COUNTRY THAT WILL STAND FOR YOUR DEMENTED WORDS OF VIOLENCE & DEATH. BE CAUTIOUS!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 23, 2018
Several liberals on the platform insisted the tweet violated Twitter Rules, which say users "may not make specific threats of violence or wish for the serious physical harm, death, or disease of an individual or group of people."
— Davood Ghadami (@DavoodGhadami) July 23, 2018
This isn't a violation of Twitter rules? https://t.co/28O95fhmQs
— Monique Judge (@thejournalista) July 23, 2018
Twitter: The social media platform that bans you for calling someone a F**king idiot, but does nothing when an insane crazy person threatens to annihilate an entire nation with nuclear warheads… pic.twitter.com/QE3f43JEqR
— Brian Krassenstein (@krassenstein) July 23, 2018
— chris zappone (@chrizap) July 23, 2018
NBC News chief global correspondent Bill Neely seemingly agreed, tweeting "I’m sure this Tweet is violating Twitter’s rules."
I’m sure this Tweet is violating Twitter’s rules. As a regular citizen, try posting this about someone and see what happens- I suspect your account would be suspended. Twitter? https://t.co/FxNiNBTDhV
— Bill Neely (@BillNeelyNBC) July 23, 2018
MSNBC host Stephanie Ruhle linked to Neely's tweet and tagged Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, asking if the tweet was "an acceptable use of the platform."
— Stephanie Ruhle (@SRuhle) July 23, 2018