Why Twitter hasn’t banned Trump’s account after his ‘nuclear button’ tweet

President Donald Trump’s tweets made headlines again this week when he posted that he had a “much bigger” and “more powerful” nuclear button than North Korea.

Activists, including a Bay Area group called Resistance SF, argued that the president was violating the social media site’s online rules and called on Twitter to ban him from the platform.

Twitter, which doesn’t allow users to “make specific threats of violence or wish for the serious physical harm, death, or disease of an individual or group of people,” claimed Trump didn’t violate its policies.

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On Friday, the San Francisco tech firm explained how it approaches tweets by world leaders such as Trump.

“Blocking a world leader from Twitter or removing their controversial Tweets, would hide important information people should be able to see and debate,” Twitter said in a blog post. “It would also not silence that leader, but it would certainly hamper necessary discussion around their words and actions.”

Twitter has been under pressure to suspend the president’s account for other reasons. Some argue he’s spreading misinformation or hate speech that violate the company’s online rules, but efforts to get Trump banned from the platform haven’t been successful.

The tech firm’s enforcement philosophy also notes that it considers a variety of factors including public interest and newsworthiness.

Some users on Friday still questioned whether Twitter is enforcing its rules fairly.

Photo: President Donald Trump reacts after addressing a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017. (Jim Lo Scalzo/Pool Image via AP)

 

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