Twitter explained Monday why it will not be banning President Donald Trump from the platform after he wrote that North Korea “won’t be around much longer!”
“Some of you have been asking why we haven’t taken down the Tweet mentioned here,” Twitter announced, while linking to an NPR story that cites the foreign minister of North Korea calling Trump’s virtual communication a “declaration of war.”
Using its official “Twitter PublicPolicy” account, the social media company laid out its reasoning for not purging Trump from the Twittersphere, arguing that what the president has to say is newsworthy.
Following further explanation that it “is committed to transparency” and “keeping people informed about what’s happening in the world,” a Twitter user retorted that Trump is likely breaking the rules by issuing a threat.
“But because he’s POTUS, it remains?” reads the post from the user, which garnered far more likes and retweets than Twitter’s. “Sounds inconsistent and biased.”
“It also completely contradicts their statement that they treat all accounts the same… disappointed,” reads another user, who directed his tweet towards CEO Jack Dorsey’s own account.
Twitter in November did not rule out the possibility of banning Trump from the platform if his online conduct becomes too unruly. (RELATED: Report: Trump Considering Hiring Lawyers To Monitor His Tweets)
“The Twitter Rules prohibit violent threats, harassment, hateful conduct, and multiple account abuse, and we will take action on accounts violating those policies,” a company spokesperson told Slate when asked if the company would potentially ban a government official or Trump himself.
“The Twitter Rules apply to all accounts, including verified accounts,” the spokesperson replied after being asked to elaborate even further. (RELATED: Twitter Suggests Trump When Browsing For ‘A**hole,’ ‘Racist,’ ‘Tiny Hands’)
Even though Twitter has been ramping up its censorship efforts, Trump’s latest tweet confronting North Korea and the authoritarian state’s erratic behavior does not seem to cross the company’s somewhat ambiguous threshold.
Trump has, on many occasions, expressed his appreciation for the social media platform.
“Without the tweets, I wouldn’t be here. I have over 100m [followers] between Facebook, Twitter, Instagram. Over 100m,” Trump said in an interview with the Financial Times discussing how his online activity both worries and encourages some corporate CEOs. “I don’t have to go to the fake media.”
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