Twitter won't block world leaders who make controversial statements, here's why

Twitter, which has struggled to maintain an open platform without allowing violence or hate speech, said at the time it would not cut off accounts for military or government entities.

On Friday (Jan 5), the company tackled the matter head on. The post never names Trump.

"Elected world leaders play a critical role in that conversation due to their outsized impact on our society", the post said.


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

Twitter made no specific reference to Trump or his tweet this week saying he has a "nuclear button" which is "bigger and more powerful" than that of North Korea's.

Protesters went after Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on Tuesday night using a projected message on the side of Twitter's main headquarters in San Francisco.


"While you would love nothing more than to see a Twitter ToS Violation" for the president, "you and all of your liberal friends have NOTHING", Scavino tweeted to Stelter. Mr Trump has regularly used the service to criticise and attack other public figures and private citizens, which has sometimes led to online mobs hounding his targets.

"And I truly do believe that making it clear that all options are on the table; that, as the president has done, making it clear the United States of America has the capacity to defend our people far beyond anything North Korea could imagine; but also making it clear that if North Korea will abandon their nuclear and ballistic missile ambitions, if they will dismantle those programs, there's an opportunity for a peaceable solution", he said.

Twitter is here to serve and help advance the global, public conversation. Last year, the U.N. Security Council adopted three sets of sanctions to punish the regime for its banned tests of intercontinental ballistic missiles and its sixth nuclear detonation in September. It has been revamping its terms of service to clarify what actions are permitted on its platform, something the company has admitted it has fallen short of articulating before. Today, the nonprofit group Color of Change announced a new effort to get Trump banned from Twitter.


Twitter also disputes the notion that it hasn't taken action against Trump because his posts to the service are good for the company's bottom line. "No one person's account drives Twitter's growth, or influences these decisions", the company said.

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