Published: Sat, January 06, 2018
Sport | By Stuart Potter

Twitter Says World Leaders Like Trump Have Special Status

Twitter Says World Leaders Like Trump Have Special Status

It said such a move would also not silence a world leader, but it "would certainly hamper necessary discussion around their words and actions".

US Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday defended President Donald Trump's fiery tweets at North Korea, saying the commander-in-chief's clear messaging helped increase pressure on the regime over its nuclear weapons program.

The company also sought to counter assertions that controversial figures like Trump were kept on the platform largely because they helped Twitter's bottom line.

An activist group in San Francisco is calling out Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey for being "complicit" in President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Democrat slams Donald Trump Jr. for "serious case of amnesia" after testimony Skier Lindsey Vonn: I don't want to represent Trump at Olympics Poll: 4 in 10 Republicans think senior Trump advisers had improper dealings with Russia MORE's tweet boasting about the size and strength of his nuclear launch button. The statement seemed to leave open the possibility that it might one day take action against Trump's account, or the accounts of other world leaders who might use the platform to incite violence or otherwise break its rules. "Elected world leaders play a critical role in that conversation due to their outsized impact on our society", they wrote.

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

"We review tweets by leaders within the political context that defines them, and enforce our rules accordingly", the statement said. "We work hard to remain unbiased with the public interest in mind", it added.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Twitter's statement.

"It's a running joke [in the West Wing] that nuclear war could start from the private residence during Fox [News] primetime", one senior Trump aide told The Daily Beast.

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