Twitter clarified why it won’t blocking world leaders at any point in the near future, in spite of a developing number of calls to restrict President Trump from the online networking stage for professedly oppressive and vicious discourse.
“Twitter is here to serve and help advance the global, public conversation,” the company said in a statement Friday afternoon. “Elected world leaders play a critical role in that conversation because of their outsized impact on our society.”
The most recent call to forever ban Mr. Trump from Twitter goads from his dubious tweet Tuesday mocking North Korean tyrant Kim Jong-un.
“North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the ‘Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times,’” the president wrote. “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!”
Resist SF, an anti-Trump activist group, projected the phrases “@jack is #complicit” and “Ban @realDonaldTrump” on Twitter’s headquarters in San Francisco, accusing Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey of violating company rules by not booting Mr. Trump from the site. The company, however, has said that the tweet wasn’t in violation of its terms of service.
Without particularly naming Mr. Trump, the organization said Friday that obstructing a world leader or evacuating their questionable 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,” Twitter said. “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.”