Twitter Releases Statement on Efforts by Liberals to Get President Trump Banned From Twitter

Twitter posted an official statement Friday afternoon after being deluged by liberals who were calling for President Donald Trump to be banned from Twitter over his statement Tuesday warning North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un about the consequences of waging nuclear war with the United States.

The Twitter statement does not name Trump, but is obvious by its timing and that he is the main subject.

World Leaders on Twitter
By Twitter Inc.
Friday, 5 January 2018

There’s been a lot of discussion about political figures and world leaders on Twitter, and we want to share our stance.

Twitter is here to serve and help advance the global, public conversation. Elected world leaders play a critical role in that conversation because of their outsized impact on our society.

Blocking a world leader from Twitter or removing their controversial Tweets, 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.

We review Tweets by leaders within the political context that defines them, and enforce our rules accordingly. 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.

We are working to make Twitter the best place to see and freely discuss everything that matters. We believe that’s the best way to help our society make progress.”

Trump’s tweet, which incidentally was followed almost immediately by North Korea making overtures to South Korea, read, “North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the “Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times.” 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!”


CNN media reporter Brian Stelter on CNN soon after Trump’s tweet made it appear that he was trying to get Trump TOSed, “On CNN just now, @brianstelter said he asked Twitter officials if Pres. T’s tweet — about his having a bigger, better nuclear button than Kim J U — might violate Twitter’s terms of service. Will be interesting to hear the reply.”

Senior White House aide Dan Scavino, Jr. commented to Stelter, “Carry on w/your night @BrianStelter. While you would love nothing more than to see a Twitter ToS Violation for handle: @realDonaldTrump, you and all of your liberal friends have NOTHING. Keep calling Twitter😭Stop trying to be the NEWS. Just report the NEWS & try keeping it REAL!”

Stelter replied, “Thanks Dan. I reached out to a Twitter spokesman, and he had no immediate comment. More TK.”

Stelter posted video of his reaction Friday evening to Twitter’s statement on Trump.

Stelter said he understood Twitter’s position that the site and others like it “can’t be in the business” of censoring world leaders.

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