As Trump, 74, was being transferred to Walter Reed medical center for treatment on Friday, many people took to Twitter to express their opinions on the news.
While many wished the president a speedy recovery, some tweeted they hoped he dies from the virus, which has killed more than 210,000 Americans under his leadership.
Trump, who had spent months defying science and downplaying the threat of the virus, announced Friday that he and his wife, Melania Trump, had tested positive for the coronavirus.
Trump is medically vulnerable due to his age and obesity.
Twitter said in a statement on Friday that wishing for Trump’s death violated the company’s “Abusive Behavior policy,” which prohibits tweets “wishing or hoping serious harm on a person or group of people.”
“Content that wishes, hopes or expresses a desire for death, serious bodily harm or fatal disease against an individual is against our rules,” the statement read.
A spokesperson from the social media giant told Motherboard it was suspending some users.
“We’re prioritizing the removal of content when it has a clear call to action that could potentially cause real-world harm,” the spokesperson told the publication.
The rule refresher created a backlash on Twitter.
See, I’d be fine with the rule if they applied it equally to those wishing death on anyone. Seems a little unfair when the person twitter is shielding is doing the same and inciting violence constantly.— ⚖️Lee (@leecrough) October 2, 2020
Condemning the move as hypocritical, many users claimed they have received death threats on the platform with little response from Twitter.