Twitter Statement Reveals Why It Won't Ban Trump Over His Controversial Tweets

Twitter Responds to Calls to Suspend Trump

"Twitter is here to serve and help advance the global, public conversation".

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".

Twitter released a statement on their blog today that, while not mentioning Trump directly, seems to suggest that he would never be banned, no matter what he says or does, due to his status as a world leader.

'Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!'

"There's been a lot of discussion about political figures and world leaders on Twitter, and we want to share our stance", the statement reads.

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Twitter prohibits tweets that threaten death, violence and physical harm, and, while Trump was not explicit in his references to violence or nuclear war, there are many people describing his tweets as a dog whistle for those who may have bigoted views or wish to act violently towards minorities.

In a blog post, the company said it sees itself as a platform for public conversation where elected leaders play a key role.

The statement does not name Trump or state any new policy, but instead offers a defense of the company's current practice, which takes into account whether a tweet that might otherwise violate the company's rules is "newsworthy" or in the "public interest".

"Twitter said the company reviews tweets by world leaders "within the political context that defines them" and then "[enforces] our rules accordingly". No one person's account drives Twitter's growth, or influences these decisions.

Some critics have suggested that Twitter's reluctance to censor Trump's Tweets stems from its understanding that Trump's predilection for the platform provides outsize importance to a company that has failed to achieve the popularity of social media behemoths such as Facebook and YouTube. We believe that's the best way to help our society make progress.

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