Published: Tue, January 09, 2018
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Twitter says Trump can not be banned due to world leader status

Twitter says Trump can not be banned due to world leader status

'Twitter is here to serve and help advance the global, public conversation, ' the social media site said.

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. Twitter made the statement after a swell of outrage over Mr. Trump's tweets this week, in which he boasted that he had a "nuclear button" that was "much bigger" and "more powerful" than North Korea's, denounced his former strategist Stephen K. Bannon and derided the mainstream media.

The California-based company said elected world leaders to play a critical role in that conversation due to their outsized impact on our society.

The company added that it was making its stance known due to the recent discussion about how world leaders (though Trump is not specifically mentioned by name) use the platform.

Many Trump critics have called for the president to be banned from the website - both because his tweets can often be construed as violating the platform's rules and out of fear that his outbursts could actually spark a war.

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Twitter appeared to clear up any confusion over whether it might block the account of President Donald Trump, publishing a blog post on Friday that said removing content from world leaders would "hamper necessary discussion around their words and actions".

The company said it reviews tweets by leaders within their political context and enforces rules accordingly. Twitter, which has struggled to grow its user base, said that "No one person's account drives Twitter's growth, or influences these decisions". We believe that's the best way to help our society make progress.

The statement does not name Trump or state any new policy, but instead offers a defense of the company's current practice, which takes into account whether a tweet that might otherwise violate the company's rules is "newsworthy" or in the "public interest".

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Twitter's statement. In August, the former Central Intelligence Agency agent Valerie Plame Wilson launched an unsuccessful effort to crowdfund the purchase of Twitter in order to ban Trump.

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