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President Trump waves to reporters as he returns to the White House after posing for photographs in front of St. John’s Episcopal Church on June 1. | Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images The president portrayed the protests as violent to justify his militarized response while also attacking Biden for being too tough on crime. Judging solely by President Donald Trump’s Twitter feed Wednesday morning, you’d think the nationwide protests against police violence Tuesday evening consisted only of looting, rioting, and property damage. However, the protests remained mainly peaceful, especially after George Floyd’s family members implored protesters to remain nonviolent. The president spent the morning mostly retweeting right-wing radio host Buck Sexton, who was busy creating a narrative that gangs of lawless rioters were roaming the streets of New York City breaking windows and looting stores. The Sexton tweets retweeted by Trump were mostly made Monday and referred to the events of Sunday. The host — who had the president on his show in May — also took shots at some of Trump’s favorite political targets, the media and Democrats. “Go through CNN’s official twitter feed right now. It’s a master class in propaganda,” Sexton tweeted Monday, a message retweeted Tuesday morning by the president. Trump also added commentary to one of his Sexton retweets, using it as an opportunity to suggest the protests could use the presence of more law enforcement. “The National Guard is ready!” Trump tweeted while quote-tweeting a post from Sexton claiming that protesters smashed out windows on 5th Avenue. The National Guard is ready!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 3, 2020 Sexton’s claim that 5th Avenue stores had “countless windows shattered” was not an accurate one. A Commercial Appeal report recounting the damage done to the city’s retail stores over the weekend said that the Avenue’s luxury stores, like the one shown in Sexton’s photo, were boarded up before the protests and were largely left unscathed. Beyond misleading photos, the radio host also used the protests — as the president himself has — to attack Democrats. Sexton accused agitators among the protesters of being “Democrats who are ruining cities across the country,” a message also retweeted by the president. These are Democrats who are ruining cities across the country Yes, I mean the politicians in charge- but also the rioters. Any of them who votes, will be voting for Joe Biden Nobody in the media wants to say this, but we all know it’s true. And we shouldn’t let it go.— Buck Sexton (@BuckSexton) June 2, 2020 While there was some looting over the weekend, protesters on Tuesday largely kept things peaceful, with many provocations coming from the police. But in retweeting day-old tweets, Trump, purposefully or not, painted a false — and violent — narrative of Tuesday’s protests. Trump did so as he’s worked to burnish his image as a leader who will uphold “law and order.” It’s a message he has made subtly through tweets proclaiming his support for police, and explicitly in addresses, like in a speech he gave in the White House Rose Garden Monday when he said, “I am the president of law and order.” Casting the protests as violent feeds this narrative, as well as the idea that the heavy-handed military response he’s called for — one that some of his own military officials have opposed — is justified. Trump’s hard-line tactics — and attacks on Democrats — don’t appear to be effective On Monday, law enforcement officers tear-gassed peaceful protesters in Lafayette Park near the White House in order to clear the way for the president’s photo op at nearby St. John’s Church. The decision has drawn widespread condemnation from faith leaders, including ultraconservative Pat Robertson, who called it “not cool.” Pat Robertson tells Trump that his response to the George Floyd protests "isn't cool."— Right Wing Watch (@RightWingWatch) June 2, 2020 On a videoconference call Monday, Trump berated governors over their responses to the nationwide protests, calling them weak and demanding they “dominate” protesters. Trump’s response to mainly legitimate and peaceful protests is largely not supported by the public. A Reuters/Ipsos poll of 1,008 adults conducted Monday and Tuesday found that 64 percent of Americans “were sympathetic to people who are out protesting right now,” with 27 percent saying they were not supportive and 9 percent unsure. The poll has a credibility interval of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points. Additionally, 55 percent said they did not support Trump’s handling of the protests, while just 33 percent approved. The poll is just one early data point, but it suggests that Trump’s hard-line stance against the protesters could end up having political consequences for him, especially in an election year when he’s largely trailed presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden. Ironically, despite Trump’s attempts to position himself as someone holding the line against chaos, he hit out at Biden in a Twitter thread Tuesday morning for being too tough on crime, citing the former Vice President’s role in the passage of the 1994 crime bill, which is credited with dramatically increasing black incarceration rates in the US. Trump also repeated one of his favorite claims, that he’s done more for black Americans than any president since Abraham Lincoln, even as he calls on the military to suppress black-led peaceful protests against police violence. ....the possible exception of another Republican President, the late, great, Abraham Lincoln...and it’s not even close. The Democrats know this, and so does the Fake News, but they refuse to write or say it because they are inherently corrupt! See “pinned” above.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 3, 2020 Trump’s tweets show how muddled his message is. According to Trump’s Twitter feed, Democrats are responsible for ruining American cities by allowing lawlessness, while also at fault for ruining black families thanks to their law-and-order policies. The dueling narratives simply don’t make sense. Support Vox’s explanatory journalism Every day at Vox, we aim to answer your most important questions and provide you, and our audience around the world, with information that has the power to save lives. Our mission has never been more vital than it is in this moment: to empower you through understanding. Vox’s work is reaching more people than ever, but our distinctive brand of explanatory journalism takes resources — particularly during a pandemic and an economic downturn. Your financial contribution will not constitute a donation, but it will enable our staff to continue to offer free articles, videos, and podcasts at the quality and volume that this moment requires. Please consider making a contribution to Vox today.
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From Citizen to Signal, the most popular apps right now reflect America’s protests
Protesters around the US are turning to technology to organize and stay safe from law enforcement. | Al Seib/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images What app downloads tell us about how protesters are organizing. As protests against police brutality have swept across the United States, Americans’ app downloads have shifted. The list of most popular apps right now offers a glimpse into how people are using technology to take action. After the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer last week, people have flocked in record numbers to police scanner apps, where they can listen in on law enforcement’s radio communication. They’ve also rushed to download Signal, a secure messaging app, and Citizen, a community safety app that sends out police alerts. Meanwhile, earlier this week, Twitter was being downloaded more than Facebook and Instagram, which normally isn’t the case. Since May 25, Citizen has been downloaded 234,000 times, and Signal has been downloaded 121,000 times in the US, according to Apptopia. Both are continuing to set daily download records. Earlier this week, Citizen was the fourth most downloaded iOS app of any kind, according to App Annie. App Annie Signal was the eighth most downloaded social networking app on Tuesday, and ranked around the top 100 for apps overall. App Annie Apptopia also reports that the top five police scanner app downloads rose by 125 percent this past weekend compared to the weekend prior. People are likely using these apps in a number of ways, including but not limited to tracking or participating in protests. Police scanners as well as Citizen offer a way for protesters to stay ahead of planned police action and to understand in real time what police are up to. People have long used police scanner hardware to follow crime, but this new generation of apps brings that technology to more lay users. They also more easily pull together law enforcement transmissions from a wider variety of sources and locations. However, police have become wary of scanners in recent years, and some departments are migrating over to encrypted communication technology. Citizen is not a police scanner app, per se, but it can serve a similar purpose. Usage among protesters would also represent a bit of an evolution for Citizen. The first iteration of the app launched in 2016 with the mission to “open up the 911 system” so that “everyone can do their part.” Many, including the New York Police Department, argued at the time that the app encouraged vigilante justice — it was literally called Vigilante — and it relaunched in 2017 as Citizen. Since then, Citizen has been criticized for fear mongering, among other things, though the app has continued to grow. It’s currently available in New York City, the San Francisco Bay Area, Baltimore, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia. The vast majority of updates on Citizen come from employees who monitor various publicly available police and fire department transmissions and then post select incidents on the app and notify nearby users. Citizen also encourages users to comment on and record footage of crime and safety incidents that happen nearby. That video could potentially help protesters, as well as uninvolved residents, find real-time, on-the-ground information about what’s happening with protests. Of course, many people are likely using these apps passively to monitor what’s going on in their neighborhoods amid protests and police action. Citizen was temporarily removed from the Google Play store yesterday but has since been restored. Recode contacted both companies, but neither Google nor Citizen would explain why it was removed or restored. Citizen did highlight its “core mission is to foster transparency and accountability between civilians and law enforcement” in a statement to Recode. “People are utilizing Citizen to stay safe and aware of what’s happening in their cities with real-time safety alerts and broadcasts,” the company said. “They’re checking the app to read updates on curfews, watch others’ videos, and post live broadcasts from protests.” The utility of encrypted messaging apps like Signal is more straightforward. Signal is basically a messaging, calling, and video app whose encryption keeps people’s communication hidden in the event that their phones are stolen, hacked, or confiscated by police. Protesters around the world have long used these apps to communicate with one another safely and without fear of increasingly possible police interception. Signal and its UK-based competitor Telegram proved essential in the 2019 Hong Kong protests, where protesters were especially fearful about state surveillance. Some Hong Kong protesters even resorted to mesh messaging apps that work without an internet connection, though it doesn’t seem anxiety about police snooping has gotten that serious in the US yet. Signal became one of the top 10 most downloaded social apps on iOS yesterday for the first time, according to data from App Annie. The app often sees spikes in downloads during tumultuous political times, but the last time Signal downloads ranked nearly as high was on the day of President Trump’s inauguration. Then there’s Twitter, which has played a part in activism and breaking news since it launched over a decade ago. Twitter gained new prominence in organizing and information-sharing during the Arab Spring, and later become a key tool for protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, during the summer of 2014. There, people on the ground also used the Twitter-owned — and now shuttered — Vine app to coordinate actions and broadcast their messages. Facebook-owned Instagram has played its part as well, functioning as a broadcasting tool for Black Lives Matter activists. However, things went somewhat awry on the platform during a “Blackout Tuesday” campaign this week, when millions of users posted images of solid black squares as a way to protest against police violence. Many also tagged their posts with the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag, a move that inadvertently pushed down important communiqués from protesters and instead replaced them with a sea of black boxes. These apps are gaining popularity as people veer away from perennially popular apps like Facebook. The company is currently facing a #deleteFacebook campaign thanks to CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s refusal to take down a post by President Trump inciting violence against protesters. Open Sourced is made possible by Omidyar Network. All Open Sourced content is editorially independent and produced by our journalists. Support Vox’s explanatory journalism Every day at Vox, we aim to answer your most important questions and provide you, and our audience around the world, with information that has the power to save lives. Our mission has never been more vital than it is in this moment: to empower you through understanding. Vox’s work is reaching more people than ever, but our distinctive brand of explanatory journalism takes resources — particularly during a pandemic and an economic downturn. Your financial contribution will not constitute a donation, but it will enable our staff to continue to offer free articles, videos, and podcasts at the quality and volume that this moment requires. Please consider making a contribution to Vox today.
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