Twitter on Friday, after continued social pressure, felt the need to explain why world leaders are exempt from the same content policies as their other users. They also went out of their way to not mention President Trump by name.
The social media platform has received a constant stream of user demands for Trump's Twitter account be banned since the election. He has often taken to Twitter to mock individuals, ethnic groups, religions, talk-show hosts, comedians, news organizations, and world leaders. So Twitter released a clarifying statement about the importance of tweets from Trump and other important individuals via a blog post.
"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."
Twitter posted the blog just days after Trump escalated tensions with North Korea by attempting to provoke Kim Jong Un, tweeting, “I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!”
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!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 3, 2018
The statement by Twitter indicates that Trump's latest Twitter tirade generated another large wave of users demanding that the President-In-Tweet be relieved of his account before he trolls America into another war.