Twitter Explains Why It Won’t Block ‘World Leaders’


Trump critics have pointed out on many instances where it seems as though the president has violated Twitter’s terms of service with his messages. On Wednesday, Trump’s comments about North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and the respective sizes of North Korea and the United States’ “nuclear buttons” drew a fresh round of calls to censor his account.

Twitter has previously responded to complaints about Trump’s account by saying that certain users’ tweets have a “newsworthiness” value that makes it important to stay online and inform the network’s global conversation. Its Friday statement expanded on that idea, though this latest explanation did not mention Trump by name.

“Elected world leaders play a critical role in that conversation because of their outsized impact on our society,” the post said. “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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