Twitter isn't going to ban Donald Trump

Elias Hubbard
January 5, 2018

If you were thinking that Twitter might eventually cave, given that the president's tweets seem increasingly unhinged (see "Trump's North Korea "Button" Tweet Increased Risk of a Nuclear Attack and Was 'Highly Stupid, ' Congressman Says," per Newsweek), guess again. "It would also not silence that leader, but it would certainly hamper necessary discussion around their words and actions".

On Tuesday, the US president Tweeted about his "nuclear button," saying his is "a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!"

To those calling for Twitter to take action against President Trump's account, the company has a simple message: not a chance. Now there are calls for Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey - who has characterized Trump's use of the platform as "fascinating" and "complicated" - to step down or be fired if the company doesn't ban Trump, including from a local group of Bay Area protesters. But Donald Trump is not a regular Twitter user, and his account was not - and has not - been suspended.

Other observers have previously called for Trump to be banned from the service, which has become his favorite way of communicating thoughts on topics from the Russian Federation investigation to threats of pulling foreign aid, for allegedly violating its terms of service by flirting with the possibility of nuclear war.

In 2017, Dorsey was forced to defend the platform's move to leave Trump's account enabled because the president's unfiltered thoughts proved newsworthy.

Educator Dani Bostick asked whether it's against Twitter's terms of service "to provoke nuclear war with North Korea".

When CNN's "Reliable Sources" host Brian Stelter addressed the issue Tuesday, President Trump's social media director, Dan Scavino Jr., reacted on Twitter.

"Our policy does [account for] newsworthiness as well, and that was requested by our policy team", Dorsey said in one interview last April.

Some people took this as an actual threat of violence, a move that might result in a suspension for a regular Twitter user.

"No one person's account drives Twitter's growth, or influences these decisions", writes Twitter. "We work hard to remain unbiased with the public interest in mind".

On Friday, Twitter said it reviews tweets from those officials within the political context and will enforce its rules as they see fit.

There's a solid argument to be made for why Trump should not be suspended or banned from Twitter.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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