Twitter added a warning label Monday to a tweet from a Republican lawmaker that depicted an animated killing of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and an attack on President Joe Biden — saying the post violated the company’s rules about “hateful conduct.”
But the tweet, from Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., will remain accessible for the “public interest,” Twitter said in its notice.
Gosar shared an altered video Sunday evening in which he and other Republican lawmakers, including Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia and Lauren Boebert of Colorado, are depicted as heroes from the Japanese anime series “Attack on Titan.”
The post-apocalyptic series revolves around a small civilization that lives in a bordered-off city to protect itself from giant human-like creatures called Titans.
Ocasio-Cortez’s face is superimposed on one of the Titans, who is killed by Gosar’s character with a sword to the back of the neck. (emphasis mine)
His character also attacks a Titan with Biden’s face.
Gosar is known as an ardent ally of former President Donald Trump. He was among the lawmakers whose phone or computer records a House panel investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection asked social media and telecommunications companies to preserve as they were potentially involved with efforts to “challenge, delay or interfere” with the certification of the 2020 election or otherwise try to overturn its results.
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