Twitter says Trump, other world leaders can tweet what they want

Violet Powell
January 6, 2018

"It would also not silence that leader, but it would certainly hamper necessary discussion around their words and actions", the company said in its statement.

President Donald Trump bragged about the size of his nuclear button this week.

The group accused Twitter of "endangering the world" by enabling Trump's tweeting habits. The company told the New York Times that the deletions were due to the United States government's imposition of economic sanctions on Kadyrov, but other world leaders named on USA sanctions lists, such as the Venezuelan president, Nicolás Maduro, and Syria's Bashar al-Assad, have not been banned from Facebook.

While they have raised the topic before, the latest round of whinging has been prompted by the President's recent mockery of North Korean leader Kim Jong-nn over the effectiveness of his nuclear arsenal.

Similar claims have been made over the course of Trump's political career as he used his account to identify individual journalists, politicians and other figures with whom he took issue.

As president, Trump has any number of avenues at his disposal should he want to insult a foreign leader, bash a news organization, or ridicule a celebrity.

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Protesters went after Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on Tuesday night using a projected message on the side of Twitter's main headquarters in San Francisco.

But in December, Twitter deleted Fransen's entire account, apparently as part of its crackdown on violent extremist groups.

"We are making it clear that context - including... if the Tweet itself is newsworthy and in the legitimate public interest - is crucial when evaluating abusive behavior and determining appropriate enforcement actions", the company wrote in a blog post. Trump has threatened people on the site before, and has retweeted content from far-right British political organization Britain First, whose leaders were recently banned from Twitter following their dissemination of misleading, racist videos.

"I think it's really important that we maintain open channels to our leaders, whether we like what they're saying or not, because I don't know of another way to hold them accountable", Dorsey told Backchannel in early 2017.

In other words, it won't be banning Trump.

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.

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