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Twitter asserts that it won't ban Trump because he's a world leader

Twitter asserts that it won't ban Trump because he's a world leader
From TechCrunch - January 5, 2018

Just days after President Trumps tweets antagonized a foreign adversary over who would be first to start nuclear war, Twitter has addressed calls for the company to ban the chatty, often bellicose U.S. president.

In a vague post called World Leaders on Twitter,Twitter awkwardly sidestepped the controversy over whether Trumps Twitter account violates its terms of service altogether, instead asserting that it doesnt matter if a world leader violates its terms of servicethey should have a home on the platform nonetheless. The post never names Trump.

Their words:

Theres 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.

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