From Twitter’s rules: “Violent threats (direct or indirect): You may not make threats of violence or promote violence, including threatening or promoting terrorism.”
So does threatening a nuclear war count as a threat of violence, and must the person who tweets such a thing to, say, his 39.3 million followers abide by Twitter’s rules?
Not if that person is President Trump, Twitter said, as it unleashed a tweetstorm Monday to address the questions surrounding the president’s rhetoric on its platform.
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In case you missed it amid his other tweets about Warriors star Stephen Curry and the NFL protests over the weekend, Trump tweeted the following Saturday: “Just heard Foreign Minister of North Korea speak at U.N. If he echoes thoughts of Little Rocket Man, they won’t be around much longer!”
The North Koreans are interpreting that as a “declaration of war.”
Now, Twitter has said this before in so many words, but now that things are at nuclear level, here it is again: What Trump tweets is newsworthy, so he’s not getting kicked off Twitter.
Here’s the beginning of Twitter’s tweetstorm, which goes on to say that the company holds “all accounts to the same rules” on the one hand,” but that on the other hand, among the considerations is ‘newsworthiness’ and whether a tweet is of public interest.”
THREAD: Some of you have been asking why we haven't taken down the Tweet mentioned here: https://t.co/CecwG0qHmq 1/6
— Twitter PublicPolicy (@Policy) September 25, 2017
The contradictory statements in one tweetstorm didn’t sit well with some tweeple.
So, the tweet could be a threat from Trump, but because he's POTUS, it remains? Sounds inconsistent and biased.
— Mike Rana ✈️📱🇺🇸 (@michaelranaii) September 25, 2017
Why can Trump threaten the lives of millions and bully/harass ppl on Twitter, but others get suspended for the same actions or less??
— PhDee ® (@PhDee) September 26, 2017
But amid the many many calls for either Trump to stop tweeting or for Twitter to ban him from doing so, Twitter’s stance has been consistent. Company CEO Jack Dorsey once said Trump’s use of Twitter is “complicated,” but that it’s important the the president is on Twitter. “We’re definitely entering a new world where everything is on the surface and we can all see it in real time and we can have conversations about it.”
Oh, we’re not entering that world — we’re in it. So far, Trump has used Twitter to yes, provoke North Korea, tweet violent images attacking Hillary Clinton and CNN, and slam hundreds of other people, things and places. And we’re having conversations about it.
Photo: Joint Chiefs Chairman Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford testifies before the Senate Committee on Armed Services on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017, to consider his reappointment. Dunford said hes not seen any shifts in North Koreas military posture despite the reclusive nations threats to shoot down U.S. warplanes amid the charged political environment between Washington and Pyongyang. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)
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