Is threatening a nuclear apocalypse enough to get your wrist slapped under Twitter’s terms and conditions? Not if you’re Donald Trump.
Many observers have speculated what it would take to get the POTUS a suspension or a ban, amid increasingly outlandish and provocative posts that have outraged people around the world.
Recently Twitter said it allows certain posts that contravene its rules, due to public interest. On Friday it went further, explaining a brand new, shiny, Trump-enabling “World Leader” policy.
“Blocking a world leader from Twitter or removing their controversial Tweets, would hide important information people should be able to see and debate,” the embattled social network wrote in a blog post.
“It would also not silence that leader, but it would certainly hamper necessary discussion around their words and actions.”
The company says it judges leaders’ tweets on their individual merits and takes into consideration the “political context that defines them and enforce our rules accordingly.”
The firm added: “We are working to make Twitter the best place to see and freely discuss everything that matters. We believe that’s the best way to help our society make progress.”
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey is currently under huge pressure to act on Trump. As recently as this week, a group of protesters projected messages onto Twitter’s San Francisco HQ.
“@Jack is complicit,” read one, while another read “Trump’s dogwhistle.” Finally, it urged Twitter to “Be a Hero: Ban Trump”
It seems that won’t be happening any time soon.
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