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Twitter is so integral to
Donald Trump’s presidency that it is almost impossible to imagine him without it—or to consider what it would take to get him banned. The former reality-TV star, after all, has probably done more than any U.S. politician to flirt with violating Twitter’s terms of service, repeatedly using the platform to harass and threaten his rivals. There is no greater cyberbully on the Internet (sorry, >Melania
>Melania). The idea of Twitter C.E.O.
Jack Dorsey ousting Trump is, more than anything else, pretty funny. But it also illustrates the limits of Twitter’s approach to harassment, revealing a Trump-sized loophole in the company’s policy.
The issue has become terrifyingly relevant again in the past several weeks as the president has ramped up his threats toward North Korea, which is currently engaged in a game of nuclear chicken with the Trump administration. On August 11, Trump tweeted, “Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely. Hopefully
Kim Jong Un will find another path!” A tweet on Saturday night made his earlier declaration look downright diplomatic. “Just heard Foreign Minister of North Korea speak at U.N.,” he tweeted after North Korean Foreign Minister
Ri Yong Ho spoke on Saturday. “If he echoes thoughts of Little Rocket Man, they won’t be around much longer!”
North Korea interpreted the latter tweet as a declaration of war. “The U.N. charter stipulates individual member states’ rights to self-defense,” Ri told reporters outside the U.N. on Monday. “Since the United States declared war on our country, we will have every right to make countermeasures, including the right to shoot down the United States’ strategic bombers even when they’re not yet inside the airspace border of our country.” Rightly horrified by the prospect that the president’s tweets could land the United States in a nuclear-war situation, Twitter users have asked Twitter to remove Trump’s account or individual tweets for threatening violence—something that would seem to violate Twitter’s terms of service, which prevents users from making violent threats.
But Twitter, it seems, is still uninterested in booting its most famous customer. On Monday, the company explained—in a six-part tweet thread, no less—that it would make an exception to its rules for Trump because of the “newsworthiness” and “public interest” value of his tweets. In other words, Twitter has implied that it will never censor Trump. These factors, Twitter explained, are taken into account for all content posted to Twitter that would seem to violate its content policy. “This has long been internal policy and we’ll soon update our public-facing rules to reflect it,” Twitter wrote on Monday on its @Policy account. “We need to do better on this, and will.”
In other words: When you’re a star, they let you do it.
This newly public policy raises more questions than it answers. By establishing a standard of “newsworthiness,” all public figures’ tweets will theoretically be subject to a subjective threshold. It also is maddeningly unclear about what happens when a private individual’s “newsworthy” tweet goes viral, as often happens on Twitter. “We hold all accounts to the same Rules, and consider a number of factors when assessing whether Tweets violate our Rules,” the company explained. “Among the considerations is ‘newsworthiness’ and whether a Tweet is of public interest.” However, this would seem to directly contradict its decision not to act on Trump’s account—it’s clear under the rules Twitter laid out on Monday that some accounts are held to different standards and rules than others. The more egregious a Twitter T.O.S. violation is when someone like Trump does it, the more newsworthy it becomes, and Twitter finds itself stymied by inaction.
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