Since it first came on the scene in 2006, Twitter has become many people's primary source for news, trends, and jokes. J.K. Rowling uses it to own haters (and look at pictures of otters). Chrissy Teigen has used it to get mushy bananas. But the celebrity who appears to get the most out of Twitter is Donald Trump, the president of the United States. He tweets about celebrities. He tweets about TV shows. He tweets about sports, hurricanes, and Samuel L. Jackson's golf swing. Often, Trump's tweets are mean. But on Saturday, he crossed a line.
Many are wondering why Trump is still allowed to use Twitter after using it as a platform to bully others and (apparently) declare war. This morning, Twitter finally revealed the reason Trump's account is still allowed on the platform.
Twitter has millions of users all over the world.
Most people use Twitter to share their everyday insights, give updates on their projects, or participate in trending hashtags.
Every Twitter user agrees to follow the terms of service when signing up for an account.
There have been some instances of Twitter users being banned for refusing to follow the terms of service.
For instance, when Milo Yiannopoulous encouraged his followers to bombard Leslie Jones with racist tweets, he was permanently banned from Twitter.
Martin Shkreli was also permanently banned from Twitter for targeted harassment of a journalist.
After Teen Vogue writer Lauren Duca rejected his invitation to join him at Trump’s inauguration, Shkreli photoshopped himself into her profile picture and made his cover image a weird collage of photos of her.
Frankly, we don’t miss him.
So we know that Twitter has banned users for inappropriate conduct before. That brings us to Donald Trump.
Trump has never shied away from using harsh language on Twitter. He has insulted multiple individuals for various reasons. This past Saturday, though, the president reached a new level of inflammatory.
Basically, he directly threatened North Korea.
North Korea was not having it.
In fact, the North Korean government claimed that the tweet was a “clear declaration of war.”
Remember the Twitter terms of service we mentioned earlier? They have some pretty clear rules regarding making threats of violence. Here’s a direct quote:
“You may not make threats of violence or promote violence, including threatening or promoting terrorism.”
OK, so, the president made what some are calling a declaration of war…but he’s still tweeting up a storm. Yesterday, a spokesman for Twitter finally addressed the issue of keeping Trump’s Twitter account active.