Twitter tweaks rules after calls to ban Trump

President Trump used Twitter to blast the social media platform over the reported practice of'shadow banning

President Trump used Twitter to blast the social media platform over the reported practice of'shadow banning

"I would urge you to join me because here we have Donald Trump, who has 65 million Twitter followers and is using that platform as the president of the United States to openly intimidate witnesses, to threaten witnesses, to obstruct justice", Harris said. The result is a policy that bars direct threats of violence to specific individuals, but permits "foreign policy saber-rattling" in the interest of informing the public. The aim is to create a space for public conversation and information, the company said, and it wants to ensure that people can join in that conversation "freely and safely".

But world leaders were "not above our policies entirely".

In a lengthy blog post Tuesday, Twitter reiterated that it will not suspend President Trump's Twitter account despite California Sen.

This tracks with its policy of letting Trump tweet racist diatribes with absolutely no consequences.

Twitter politely demurred to kick one of its most popular users off its platform then, disappointing the president's many haters.

In a blog post - possibly prompted by U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris's call for the site to ban Trump - Twitter explained that its moderation team reads any tweets reported to be in violation of its policies as written and does "not attempt to determine all potential interpretations of the content or its intent". We believe that's the best way to help our society make progress.

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Today's blogpost by Twitter provides insight into why the company is unlikely to concede to Harris's request. But the new rules leave the door open for a more robust complaint to exile the president from his favorite platform, and Twitter apparently wants to make sure Trump knows it. The president has long used the service as a megaphone to speak directly to the public, sometimes using threatening language, including when he insinuated a year ago that he might start a nuclear war against North Korea.

Twitter will restrict how users can interact with tweets from world leaders who violate its rules.

The San Francisco-based company has faced a backlash from critics over its hateful conduct and content moderation policies.

In 2017, a rogue Twitter worker deleted Trump's account, which was restored in about 10 minutes.

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. Elected world leaders play a critical role in that conversation due to their outsized impact on our society.

Twitter assess reported Tweets from world leaders against the Twitter Rules, which are created to ensure people can participate in the public conversation freely and safely. The Trump administration has threatened to take action against social media companies for censorship, and any action Twitter takes against Trump's account is likely to be met with backlash.

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