January 16, 2021

Twitter Stands by Trump Amid Calls to Terminate His Account

Twitter responded to Ms. Harris on Tuesday with a letter summarizing its blog post, a spokeswoman said. A spokesman for Ms. Harris’s campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Mr. Trump’s posts have regularly caused issues for Twitter. The president has long used the service as a megaphone to speak directly to the public, sometimes using threatening language, including when he insinuated last year that he might start a nuclear war against North Korea.

The San Francisco company has faced questions about why it allows Mr. Trump to keep a Twitter account at all because it does not allow bullying on its site. In 2017, a rogue Twitter worker deleted Mr. Trump’s account, which was restored in about 10 minutes.

In June, Twitter said it planned to roll out a feature to hide abusive tweets from world leaders behind warning labels, rather than scrubbing them from the platform because the messages are newsworthy. That would strike a balance between making information available to the public and enforcing its policies against violence and abuse, the company said. The feature has yet to be used against any world leader’s account, including Mr. Trump’s.

“There are certain cases where it may be in the public’s interest to have access to certain tweets, even if they would otherwise be in violation of our rules,” Twitter said at the time.

Mr. Trump has argued that Twitter and other social media services are biased against conservative figures like himself and are preventing their posts from reaching broad audiences. The Trump administration has threatened to take action against social media companies for censorship, and any action Twitter takes against Mr. Trump’s account is likely to be met with a backlash.

Article source: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/15/technology/trump-twitter-account.html?emc=rss&partner=rss

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