We're not going to ban Donald Trump

Share

At the sight of this very powerful man once again using Twitter to antagonize North Korea (and the world) with the threat of nuclear war, users berated Dorsey about the platform's rules, questioning why Trump's account wasn't being blocked for his behavior. The indignation over the president's latest tweets was so deep that some protesters projected signs onto Twitter's headquarters building in San Francisco this week calling the service "Trump's dog whistle".

The President made national headlines earlier this week when he issued a stark warning to Kim Jong Un regarding America's unwillingness to co-exist with a nuclear-armed North Korea; saying the U.S. has a much "bigger and more powerful" arsenal at its disposal.

The company also sought to counter assertions that controversial figures like Trump were kept on the platform largely because they helped Twitter's bottom line. And Dorsey has said in the past that Twitter has bigger considerations in mind when policing the tweets of world leaders.

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!"

Ultimately, Twitter said Friday, prohibiting world leaders from using its service would be ineffective, because it would "not silence" them but "would certainly hamper necessary discussion around their words and actions".

Twitter's attempt to handle political speech on its site - and defining when and how that overlaps with violent speech - has been a long and often confusing process.

Apple acquires Canada-based app development service buddybuild
Moreover, integration of machine learning with Core ML in building apps is also attracting developers to the platform. In essence, Buddybuild's tools enable developers to build apps through GitHub, BitBucket and GitLab. (NASDAQ: AAPL ).

Last month, Twitter began enforcing new rules to remove "hateful" content on the network, including posts that promote violence.

Twitter has faced regular calls to ban Trump since he was elected in 2016.

It's also not clear if there is an instance in which Twitter would remove a world leader's messages or account.

The company said Friday that it reviews all tweets, including those of world leaders. No one person's account drives Twitter's growth, or influences these decisions.

In the past, after receiving many inquiries as to why no action has been taken against Trump's account, Twitter updated its policies to explain why it won't ban him.

Share