Published: Sat, January 06, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Wayne Curry

Protesters call on Twitter to ban Trump

Protesters call on Twitter to ban Trump

In a statement "World Leaders on Twitter", the platform said it would not remove world leaders or censor their tweets because of their "outsized impact" on society.

Twitter has announced it would not block the accounts of world leaders even if their statements are "controversial", citing a need to promote a "public conversation" on political issues.

Since Trump rode Twitter all the way to the presidency, the social media company has fielded calls to strip Trump of his social-media megaphone. "Blocking a world leader from Twitter or removing their controversial Tweets, would hide important information people should be able to see and debate". Trump's repeated Twitter attacks on individuals and businesses have led numerous president's critics to argue that he has violated the platform's rules.

President Trump's provocative tweet aimed at North Korean leader Kim Jung Un triggered questions to the White House on Wednesday about his fitness for office. Elected world leaders play a critical role in that conversation due to their outsized impact on our society.

On Friday, Twitter published a short blog post explaining why it won't be suspending President Trump's personal Twitter account, though it did not mention him by name.

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The indignation over the President's latest tweets was so deep that some protesters projected signs onto Twitter's headquarters building in San Francisco this week calling the service "Trump's dog whistle".

In an interview with United States 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. Trump has threatened people on the site before, and has retweeted content from far-right British political organization Britain First, whose leaders were recently banned from Twitter following their dissemination of misleading, racist videos.

"No one person's account drives Twitter's growth, or influences these decisions", Twitter said. We work hard to remain unbiased with the public interest in mind.

Though, they did say they are "working to make Twitter the best place to see and freely discuss everything that matters", so there's that.

While plenty of Trump's older tweets dabble in online harassment, it sounds like anything goes for world leaders so long as they're elected. "We believe that's the best way to help our society make progress", it said.

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