Tech & Science Twitter responds to calls to ban Trump

23:17  06 january  2018
23:17  06 january  2018 Source:   nydailynews.com

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Twitter : Banning President Trump 's Account Would Limit Public Discourse. After Twitter users called on the social media platform to ban President Donald Trump over his bellicose tweets, the company issued a statement reiterating its position on "world leaders on Twitter ."

Calls to ban Trump from the platform have been renewed following the president's tweet on Monday, seemingly responding to Several Twitter users tweeted directly at the company, demanding that the president be suspended or banned , as they believed his tweets violated Twitter 's terms of service.

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The calls for Twitter to block Trump from its service were renewed on Tuesday after the president boasted his “nuclear button” was “much bigger” than the one Kim Jong Un said was on his desk.

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The calls for Twitter to block Trump were renewed on Tuesday after the president boasted about his “nuclear button." Trump No Longer Allowed To Block Twitter Users, Judge Rules. exclude people on the basis of their views. Twitter users are unable to see or respond

In a statement that did not mention Trump by name, Twitter 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,” the company added.

Twitter also fought back against claims that it was profiting from Trump’s prolific use.

“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,” it said.

Critics have repeatedly argued over the course of the last year that Trump’s tweets violate the terms of use prohibiting threats of violence.

After Trump’s latest tweet storm this week, a group targeted CEO Jack Dorsey by projecting the words “@Jack is complicit” on the company headquarters, while some users said they would be boycotting the platform.

Dorsey previously claimed the company’s policies accounted for “newsworthiness,” and Twitter later clarified that context was “crucial when evaluating abusive behavior and determining appropriate enforcement actions.”

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