In a vague post called "World Leaders on Twitter", Twitter awkwardly sidestepped the controversy over whether Trump's Twitter account violates its terms of service altogether, instead asserting that it doesn't matter if a world leader violates its terms of service - they should have a home on the platform nonetheless.
Twitter made the statement after a swell of outrage over Trump's tweets this week, in which he boasted that he had a "nuclear button" that was "much bigger" and "more powerful" than North Korea's, denounced his former strategist Stephen K. Bannon and derided the mainstream media. Elected world leaders play a critical role in that conversation due to their outsized impact on our society.
Reaffirming its somewhat unclear terms of service, Twitter said that world leaders are effectively above being blocked from the service because their tweets are "important information people should be able to see and debate".
President Trump's provocative tweet aimed at North Korean leader Kim Jung Un triggered questions to the White House on Wednesday about his fitness for office.
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An activist group is using a projector to put phrases on the outside of Twitter's San Francisco Headquarters, calling out CEO Jack Dorsey, and asking him to leave the company.
The group says Trump's recent message directed at North Korean leader Kim Jung Un is a violation of that rule.
Trump's tweet about the US" nuclear arsenal has now received over 485,000 "Likes' and more than 190,000 retweets. Further, Twitter stated that a decision to shut down an account controlled by a country's leader "would also not silence that leader, but it would certainly hamper necessary discussion around their words and actions".
The group called Resistance SF accused Dorsey of "endangering the world" and violating its own rules by not banning Trump.
While plenty of Trump's older tweets dabble in online harassment, it sounds like anything goes for world leaders so long as they're elected.
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