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Why Twitter will never deactivate Donald Trump's account

Why Twitter will never deactivate Donald Trump's account

Friday's statement comes after some Twitter users have called on the company to ban President Trump for tweets that they say encourage violence, even stoking fears of a nuclear war between the USA and North Korea.

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".

Throughout his presidential campaign and into the first year of his administration, Trump's messages have occasionally included language that has sparked widespread criticism from mainstream media and Democrats, like calling North Korea leader Kim Jong Un "Rocket Man" or rival Hillary Clinton "crooked Hillary".

"Blocking a world leader from Twitter or removing their controversial [t] weets would hide important information people should be able to see and debate", the blog post read, citing the reason why it does not remove their accounts.

Once again sidestepping whether Donald Trump's tweets violates its terms of service, the micro-blogging platform has clarified that it will not block world leaders from tweeting. A nonprofit group called Color of Change has announced a new effort to get Trump banned from Twitter.




Twitter has been under pressure to rein in Trump, who has been accused of inciting violence and raising nuclear tensions with North Korea using his favorite mode of communication.

"Twitter also stated they view tweets by world leaders "within the political context that defines them" and then "[enforces] our rules accordingly".

It is debatable whether Trump did in fact violate user policy on Twitter, but it has raised some important questions.

Twitter has previously responded to complaints about Trump's account by saying that certain users' tweets have a "newsworthiness" value that makes it important to stay online and inform the network's global conversation. "We are working to make Twitter the best place to see and freely discuss everything that matters".

Twitter said it wanted to remain unbiased, which it felt was in the public interest.


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