Twitter Says World Leaders Like Trump Have Special Status

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The 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.

"Blocking a world leader from Twitter or removing their controversial Tweets, would hide important information people should be able to see and debate", the company's statement said.

Ultimately, Twitter said Friday, prohibiting world leaders from using its service would be ineffective, because it would "not silence" them but "would certainly hamper necessary discussion around their words and actions".

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.

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Aides to the president generally didn't bat an eye at his latest, most provocative, salvo against North Korea's brutal dictator Kim Jong-Un.

Twitter Inc. said Friday it will not block world leaders from its social media platform because they play a critical role in global and public conversations.

The company has previously said that it considers whether a post is newsworthy and of public interest before deciding whether to remove it.

Some even argue that Trump's Twitter threats are an exercise in nuclear deterrence and can be categorized more as bizarrely articulated military policy than the kind of tweet that might violate Twitter's rules banning "specific threats of violence".

"Resistance SF captioned the photo: "@jack breaks the rules of his own company, Twitter, to amplify a madman and endanger the world.

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

Twitter added, "We review Tweets by leaders within the political context that defines them, and enforce our rules accordingly".

For example, Twitter in November declined to remove videos that Trump retweeted that were originally shared by Jayda Fransen, the deputy leader of a far-right group in Britain called Britain First. No one person's account drives Twitter's growth, or influences these decisions.

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