Why Twitter won't remove Trump's nuclear tweet

Why Twitter won't remove Trump's nuclear tweet
From TechCrunch - January 3, 2018

Trumps tweet raising the prospect of nuclear war with North Korea isnt in violation of Twitters guidelines, the company says, and will remain online. In the tweet, Trump boasted that his Nuclear Button is much bigger and more powerful than the one belonging to North Korean leader Kim Jong Una combative and childish taunt that raises serious questions about Trumps fitness for office, as well as to what extent Twitter is complicit in allowing him to publish threats of this nature to its platform.

Trumps tweeta response to Kim Jong Uns statement about his own nuclear arsenalhas around 353,000 Likes on Twitter. That makes it one of the most-engaged with tweets in recent days, including Trumps year-end tweet wishing everyoneeven Fake News Mediaa Happy New Year. That tweet had neared 200,000 Likes, while another Fake News-related tweet the day prior had topped 200,000.

The Like count doesnt necessarily indicate endorsement, of course. People tend to use the Like button as a bookmarking feature, in many casesespecially when needing to reference a notable tweet like this.

In addition,Trumps North Korea-related tweets get nearly 2.5x as much traction in Replies as all his tweets, notes social media insights firm Crimson Hexagon. And yesterdays nuclear button tweet also saw more than 2x traction in Replies than all Trumps North Korea-related tweets since July 1, 2017.

Yesterdays nuclear button had replies w/negative sentiment (47%) that was pretty much on par w/negative sentiment of replies to all Trumps Tweets, but a bit more negative than his N.Korea-related Tweets (42%).

A number of users reported the tweet to Twitter, with the expectation that threatening a war one is capable of starting should violate Twitters revised Terms of Service, given the companys recent crackdown on violent threats.

Twitter, in December, began enforcing new rules around violent and hateful content posted to its platform, as part of the companys broader agenda to craft new policies aimed at reducing the amount of online abuse, hate speech, violent threats, and harassment associated with its service.

Specifically, Twitters rule about violent threats, reads as follows:

Twitter Rules: You may not make specific threats of violence or wish for the serious physical harm, death, or disease of an individual or group of people.


We want Twitter to be a place where people feel safe to freely express themselves. Thus, we will not tolerate behavior that encourages or incites violence against a specific person or group of people. We also take action against content that glorifies acts of violence in a manner that may inspire others to replicate those violent acts and cause real offline danger, or where people were targeted because of their potential membership in a protected category.

When this applies

Tweets that violate this policy contain violent threats or glorify violence.

However, Twitter responded to users who reported Trumps tweet as a violent threat that the tweet wasnt an issue.

Users were informed the company reviewed the case and found that there was no violation of the Twitter Rules against abusive behavior.


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