Published: Sat, January 06, 2018
World | By Melba Underwood

We're not going to ban Donald Trump

We're not going to ban Donald Trump

Many critics said they believed Trump's recent posts violated Twitter's terms of service, which prohibit messages that threaten violence, death or physical harm.

During a speech that Kim Jong-un gave on New Year's Day, he warned the United States that North Korea's nuclear forces have been "completed", and his launch button was always in reach.

As long as he is CEO of Twitter and Square, they can not be considered moral tech companies, and the board of directors of both should do the right thing and insist that either Trump or Jack must go.

Twitter responded in its blog post that even if it did block a world leader, doing so would not silence that leader.

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In a statement "World Leaders on Twitter", the platform said it would not remove world leaders or censor their tweets because of their "outsized impact" on society.

In an interview with USA broadcaster Voice of America, Pence said the president's leadership on the world stage has resulted in "measurable progress", especially on the issue of North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

It went on to assure readers that "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. "We are working to make Twitter the best place to see and freely discuss everything that matters". "Any time we have any leader tweet, including Trump, there's a very interesting and thriving conversation". Would Kim Jong-un? According to this, it sounds like yes.

Reaffirming its somewhat unclear terms of service, Twitter said that world leaders are effectively above being blocked from the service because their tweets are "important information people should be able to see and debate". Calling for Twitter to take an ideological stand in order to prevent a social media-spurred global nuclear conflict is a nice thought, but considering how deeply committed tech companies are to the illusion of neutrality - which happens to dovetail nicely with the spineless art of self-preservation - it's not a very realistic one.

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