Twitter refuses to mute world leaders like Donald Trump

Twitter refuses to mute world leaders like Donald Trump

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.

Twitter said shutting down Trump's account after the controversial post "would hide important information people should be able to see and debate".

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.

Following a particularly insane Twitter outburst which saw him (again) threatening nuclear warfare against North Korea, protestors showed up outside Twitter's headquarters demanding to know why Trump hasn't received a ban yet.

It was a response to Kim's New Year's speech in which the young leader warned the U.S. that he has a nuclear button on his desk at all times.

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.

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It said such a move would also not silence a world leader, but it "would certainly hamper necessary discussion around their words and actions". "Elected world leaders play a critical role in that conversation due to their outsized impact on our society", the post said.

"It explained that "@jack breaks the rules of his own company, Twitter, to amplify a madman and endanger the world".

"We review tweets by leaders within the political context that defines them, and enforce our rules accordingly", the post said.

It added: "We work hard to remain unbiased with the public interest in mind". The next day, Trump tweeted in response.

Twitter will not block controversial tweets by world leaders, the company confirmed following calls to remove Donald Trump from the platform over his sabre-rattling comments about the size of his nuclear button.

For more than a year, Twitter has faced censure for allowing President Donald Trump to use its service to say whatever he wants.

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