Twitter Finally Breaks Its Silence on Why Trump’s Account Is Still Active

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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.

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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.

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For instance, when Milo Yiannopoulous encouraged his followers to bombard Leslie Jones with racist tweets, he was permanently banned from Twitter.  

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The official tweet makes it clear that Twitter has been dealing with questions about Trump’s account in light of Saturday’s threatening tweet about North Korea.  

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Twitter also takes into account the “newsworthiness” of a tweet and whether it’s a matter of public interest. You can probably see where they’re going with this…

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Even the ones that are awful. Even the ones that seem to declare war. It’s the worst kind of vicious circle. Apparently, Twitter is going to be updating their rules to reflect the fact that newsworthy tweets — no matter what country they may threaten — are not enough to get someone banned from Twitter.

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Obviously, it’s important to keep people informed of what’s going on in the world. But when someone is using a platform to threaten an entire country with war? Surely that should be the time to step back and think about whether this is truly good for the world.

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It’s nice to see that Twitter is increasing transparency in its operations, but not everyone is pleased with the fact that Trump’s account is apparently free from any consequences of breaking the terms of service. Here’s what other people have to say on the matter…

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It could say something like, “you may not make threats of violence or promote…unless you’re the president and also keep our website in the news on a regular basis. If that’s the case, you basically have carte blanche.”

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Is it only newsworthy if it’s tweeted by someone in a position of power? How many followers do you have to have in order to get away with tweeting just about anything?

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This tweet is worded perfectly. “Let’s say some guy threatens to kill millions of people, and he has a nuclear arsenal.” That’s literally what happened on Saturday. But it was newsworthy, so apparently, it’s OK. If you’re frustrated by the fact that Trump’s Twitter account remains active, you can at least take some solace in the fact that his tweets will probably only get worse and worse. Eventually, Twitter will have to do something. Right?

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