Published: Sat, January 06, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

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

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

"Blocking a world leader from Twitter or removing their controversial Tweets, would hide important information people should be able to see and debate. It would also not silence that leader, but it would certainly hamper necessary discussion around their words and actions", the company said in a blog post Friday.

A Twitter spokesperson confirmed to The Hill that the tweet does not violate its terms of service because it is not a "specific threat". 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.

A company spokeswoman had no immediate comment, beyond emails that were sent to those who complained that Trump's tweet violated terms of service in that it was a violent threat - this time of nuclear annihilation. "Elected world leaders play a critical role in that conversation due to their outsized impact on our society", the California-based company said in a blog post.

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

In response to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's New Year address, in which he said he had "a nuclear button" on his desk and threatened to use it against the United States, Trump said Tuesday night that his "nuclear button" is "much bigger" and "more powerful".

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On Tuesday, the USA president Tweeted about his "nuclear button," saying his is "a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!" The company also introduced new policies last month that specifically exempted "military or government" groups from its policies prohibiting accounts that "use or promote violence against civilians to further their causes".

In an interview with U.S. broadcaster Voice of America, Pence said the president's leadership on the world stage has resulted in "measurable progress", especially on the issue of North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

"No one person's account drives Twitter's growth, or influences these decisions", the company added.

In the latest jibe against the North Korean leader, Mr Trump denigrated the potency of the North Korean nuclear arsenal.

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