Published: Sat, January 06, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Twitter isn't going to ban Donald Trump

Twitter isn't going to ban Donald Trump

The company added that removing their tweets "would also not silence that leader, but it would certainly hamper necessary discussion around their words and actions".

Time after time, Donald Trump has attacked the media, politicians, used his undeserved prestige to sell products, act as the official TV guide for Fox News and, oh yeah, threatened nuclear warfare with North Korea.

Excusing for the moment that the size of a button doesn't really correlate with the destructive force of one's nuclear capabilities, let's all just freak out for a moment because Trump isn't wrong.

Trump's controversial twitter habits extend beyond what he says. The company told the New York Times that the deletions were due to the USA government's imposition of economic sanctions on Kadyrov, but other world leaders named on U.S. sanctions lists, such as the Venezuelan president, Nicolás Maduro, and Syria's Bashar al-Assad, have not been banned from Facebook. Its Friday statement expanded on that idea, though this latest explanation did not mention Trump by name.

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. "Trump highlights the structural problem with our current nuclear launch approval process".

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

But the company appeared to dismiss that criticism in the statement, writing: "No one person's account drives Twitter's growth, or influences these decisions". Some believe that Trump routinely violates the company's user rules, which forbid people from posting things that might be violent or graphic or abusive. Instead, Twitter said it is working to remain as unbiased as possible with the public interest in mind.

Trump may be the worst offender today; but others as bad are sure to follow.

The exchange prompted a protest group in San Francisco, called Resistance SF, to gather outside Twitter's headquarters, calling on chief executive Jack Dorsey to step down or remove Trump from Twitter. If he couldn't poke Kim Jong-un on Twitter, surely he'd find some other way to do so.

Somehow, this is the America we now live in, where a awful businessman and equally sad reality TV celebrity is now president and, better than any one bad policy or opinion, is infamous for being among the biggest trolls and bullies on Twitter.

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