Twitter is apparently taking heat for letting the president use its platform to send nuclear-charged tweets to rogue dictators.
In response to North Korean despot Kim Jong Un’s New Year’s address, in which he warned that he has a button installed on his desk to order a nuclear strike against the U.S., President Donald Trump tweeted about America’s nuclear capabilities.
North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the “Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times.” Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 3, 2018
While some Twitter users strongly supported Trump’s statement, others expressed concerns that the president might start a nuclear war.
Fox News is going to get us all killed.
Left, Fox, 7:37 pm
Right, Trump, 7:49 pm pic.twitter.com/Qewz7I1SRF
— Matthew Gertz (@MattGertz) January 3, 2018
Some Twitter users are reportedly planning to protest outside of the Twitter headquarters, according to Axios, and the words “ban @realdonaldtrump” were reportedly projected on the side of the building Tuesday evening.
— defend twittеr from twittеr (@def_twit) January 3, 2018
A Twitter spokesman issued a clear statement after Twitter users contacted Twitter and its CEO, Jack Dorsey, to complain about the president and his tweets. The Twitter spokesperson pointed to the rules on violent threats, which state: “You may not make specific threats of violence or wish for the serious physical harm, death, or disease of an individual or group of people.” As Trump’s tweet did not constitute any “specific threat,” the tweet did not require disciplinary action.
Trump tweets have triggered similar reactions in the past, so Twitter’s latest rules have an exception for Trump: “The policy [on violence] does not apply to military or government entities.”
Twitter’s former head of news and government Adam Sharp asserts that Trump’s comments are not “sound policy,” but “trying to hide his words isn’t either.” He previously made an argument against banning the president the last time Twitter users cried foul against the president.
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