Twitter explains why it won't ban Trump over controversial tweets

06 January, 2018, 03:19 | Author: Lora Ball
  • Carlos Barria  Reuters
President Donald Trump in the Oval Office

Social media giant Twitter has reiterated its stance that accounts belonging to world leaders have special status, pushing back against calls from some users for the company to ban U.S. President Donald Trump.

Some even argue that Trump's Twitter threats are an exercise in nuclear deterrence and can be categorized more as bizarrely articulated military policy than the kind of tweet that might violate Twitter's rules banning "specific threats of violence".

President Trump's provocative tweet aimed at North Korean leader Kim Jung Un triggered questions to the White House on Wednesday about his fitness for office.

The company said that it does review tweets by world leaders and enforces its rules accordingly, leaving open the possibility that it could take down some material posted by them.

In the latest jibe against the North Korean leader, Mr Trump denigrated the potency of the North Korean nuclear arsenal. Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works! And Dorsey has said in the past that Twitter has bigger considerations in mind when policing the tweets of world leaders.

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It was a response to Kim's New Year's speech in which the young leader warned the USA that he has a nuclear button on his desk at all times. "It would also not silence that leader, but it would certainly hamper necessary discussion around their words and actions".

Trump critics have pointed out many instances where it seems as though the president has violated Twitter's terms of service with his messages.

"No one person's account drives Twitter's growth, or influences these decisions", the company added.

While plenty of Trump's older tweets dabble in online harassment, it sounds like anything goes for world leaders so long as they're elected.

Though, they did say they are "working to make Twitter the best place to see and freely discuss everything that matters", so there's that. "We believe that's the best way to help our society make progress", it said.

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