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Twitter Says Trump, Other World Leaders Can Tweet What They Want

Twitter Says Trump, Other World Leaders Can Tweet What They Want

Twitter did not block Trump for his "nuclear button" tweet that stormed the social media which, many thought, raised prospect of nuclear war with North Korea.

U.S. president Donald Trump's unorthodox use of Twitter's platform was a talking point long before he was ever elected, but it seems that his political status will keep his account out of harm's way, according to a new post from the company.

In Friday's blog post, Twitter said it reviews tweets by leaders within the "political context that defines them, and enforce our rules accordingly".

Twitter on Friday said it would not remove controversial tweets by world leaders because doing so would "hide important information people should be able to see and debate".

"It would also not silence that leader, but it would certainly hamper necessary discussion around their words and actions", the post said.

Twitter has come under fire in the past for falling short when it comes to reining in bullying, threats and hate speech.

For almost a year, Twitter has weathered criticism over President Trump's tweet storms. "These weapons will be used only if our security is threatened,"‎ he said.

To that end, Twitter appeared to address that speculation in its post: "No one person's account drives Twitter's growth, or influences these decisions. We work hard to remain unbiased with the public interest in mind", it added.

Twitter has also emphasised its use as a place to see what's happening and that it's easier for the social media company to deliver on its mission if influential people like Trump start discussions there. "We believe that's the best way to help our society make progress".

One theory over Twitter's reluctance is that Trump, with almost 46.1 million followers, drives traffic on Twitter that, ultimately, boosts its bottom line. "My use of social media is not Presidential - it's MODERN DAY PRESIDENTIAL", he declared a year ago.

His statement was in reaction to Kim Jong Un's comments in a livebroadcast by North Korea state TV.


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