Why Paul Gosar's Violent Anime Video Is Not Being Removed From Twitter

Twitter has said it will not remove Rep. Paul Gosar's violent anime clip that shows him killing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as "it may be in the public's interest" for it to remain up.

Gosar (R-AZ) unleashed an avalanche of criticism after he tweeted a photoshopped video of him killing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) by slicing the back of her neck.

The 90-second anti-immigrant video altered scenes from the opening credits of hit Japanese anime Attack on Titan, a show where villainous giants try to breach city walls to eat humans.

Gosar also uploaded the video onto Instagram after it went viral on Twitter and amassed more than 3 million views.

Twitter acknowledged Gosar's post did violate its rules on "hateful conduct" and only allows the video to be viewed if clicked on.

As of Tuesday morning, a Twitter disclaimer was attached to Gosar's post which explained why the video continued to be accessible on the website.

It read: "This tweet violated the Twitter Rules about hateful conduct. However, Twitter has determined that it may be in the public's interest for the tweet to remain accessible."

Any anime fans out there? pic.twitter.com/TxX4qiJhOi

— Rep. Paul Gosar, DDS (@RepGosar) November 7, 2021

On its website, Twitter explained that some posts remain up which it considers to be in the public interest and "directly contributes to understanding or discussion of a matter of public concern."

It added tweets of elected officials might remain up, even if they breach Twitter's rules, although a notice would be added and the ability to share the content would be limited.

Twitter's policy on hateful conduct states it does not allow accounts that promote or threaten violence against other people.

Despite sharing its disclaimer on Gosar's tweet, Twitter has faced calls to remove the video from the platform.

Author Don Winslow shared a post with his 730,000 followers, which said: "I sincerely hope that the President, Vice President and the White House will officially condemn @RepGosar for posting an animated video showing him killing @AOC.

"I hope @Twittersecurity will remove @RepGosar account."

His comments were echoed by dozens of accounts, which Newsweek saw, calling for Gosar's Twitter account to be suspended.

Newsweek has contacted Twitter and Instagram for comment.

Ocasio-Cortez hit out at the Arizona lawmaker and called him "creepy" after she learned about the tweet.

She claimed Gosar would "face no consequences" as House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) would excuse his behavior.

Gosar has previously sparked controversy, including being listed as attending a fundraising event hosted by white nationalist and Holocaust denier Nick Fuentes.

Paul Gosar
Rep. Paul Gosar, R-AZ, during the House Natural Resources Committee hearing on "Unanswered Questions About the US Park Police's June 1 Attack on Peaceful Protesters at Lafayette Square" on July 28, 2020 in Washington, D.C. Gosar shared the video on Twitter on Sunday. BILL CLARK/POOL/AFP/Getty