Tech & Science Twitter responds to calls to ban Trump

23:17  06 january  2018
23:17  06 january  2018 Source:   New York Daily News

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Twitter has indicated that it will not respond to an online petition to ban President Donald Trump from the social media website. “We call on Twitter to investigate @realDonaldTrump and temporarily suspend his account until, to use Trump ’s own words, they can ‘figure out what is going on,'” the

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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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Lately, many of these tweets are quickly followed by Trump critics calling on Twitter to ban his account. His conspiratorial tweet about Obama wiretapping Trump Tower derailed the Republican agenda in Congress for weeks as both Houses were forced to respond to his comments and

Twitter responded to criticism over how it lets major public figures (like, say, President Donald Trump ) use its service to bully others and threaten violence (like a nuclear war) while banning Since then, calls for Twitter to remove Trump (and, perhaps, other world leaders) from its service have intensified.

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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