Twitter Flags US Lawmaker’s Video on Joe Biden, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for Violating Policy

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Twitter on Tuesday added a warning label to an anime video shared by US Republican lawmaker Paul Goser, which shows him waving swords at President Joe Biden and killing Democratic congressman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Twitter said the video violated its “hateful conduct” policy and restricted engagement with the tweet, blocking the ability to like, reply to or retweet it.

However, the social media giant said in a notification attached above the tweet that it had determined “it may be in the public interest to keep the Tweet accessible.”

“As is standard with this notice, engagement with the Tweet will be limited,” Twitter said in an email.

A representative for Gosar did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.

The 90-second video shared by Gosar on Sunday appears to be an altered version of a Japanese animated series and has been mixed with real-life footage of US Border Patrol officers cornering migrants at the US-Mexico border.

The manipulated video has been widely condemned by prominent politicians and social media users.

[Ocasio-Cortez] replied with a twitter thread noting The video was posted by a “creepy member I work with” and said he didn’t expect any results for Goser from the Republican House of Representatives leader.

“This man shouldn’t be serving in Congress,” said Democratic Representative Ilhan Omar. “Fantasyizing about violent attacks on our allies has no place in our political discourse and society.”

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