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

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

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

In a vague post called "World Leaders on Twitter", Twitter awkwardly sidestepped the controversy over whether Trump's Twitter account violates its terms of service altogether, instead asserting that it doesn't matter if a world leader violates its terms of service - they should have a home on the platform nonetheless.

In its statement, Twitter said that the company existed to "serve and help advance the global, public conversation" and therefore would not remove content from elected world leaders.

Shortly after users reported the tweet, Twitter responded, confirming Trump's tweet did not violate the platform's rules against abusive behavior. And Dorsey has said in the past that Twitter has bigger considerations in mind when policing the tweets of world leaders.

Without mentioning Trump by name, Twitter said in a blog post that political figures and world leaders "play a critical role" in public conversations "because of their outsized impact on our society".

It said such a move would also not silence a world leader, but it "would certainly hamper necessary discussion around their words and actions".

Jack Dorsey has defended his decision to allow the President to continue using Twitter, stating that President Trump's tweets were "newsworthy".


"North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the 'Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times, '" Trump tweeted on Tuesday evening.

Twitter received a number of complaints that the tweet was a violation of its terms of service that prohibit violent threats, but the company declined to take it down or suspend Trump's account.

The President made national headlines earlier this week when he issued a stark warning to Kim Jong Un regarding America's unwillingness to co-exist with a nuclear-armed North Korea; saying the USA has a much "bigger and more powerful" arsenal at its disposal.

In the latest jibe against the North Korean leader, Mr Trump denigrated the potency of the North Korean nuclear arsenal.

If you're still using Twitter, you probably won't be surprised by the fact that the company retains its right to impose its own rules selectively - after all, it's been doing so for years.

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