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Twitter removes Texas lawmaker's gun-related tweet about Beto O'Rourke


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Twitter said Friday that it pulled down a Texas state lawmaker's tweet directed at US presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke because it ran afoul of the site's rules against violent threats.

The social media company is trying to foster more positive conversations on its platform, and the news about the tweet underscores the challenges Twitter faces as the 2020 campaign season heats up.

During Thursday's Democratic debate, O'Rourke highlighted his support for mandatory buybacks for assault weapons in remarks he also posted on Twitter.

"Hell yes, we're going to take your AR-15 ...


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