Twitter Explains Why It Won’t Ban Trump

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The odds of Twitter banning Donald Trump, the President of the United States, because of his “nuclear button” tweet just plunged to slim-to-none.

On Friday, Twitter released a statement addressing the stance of the micro-blogging network on political figures that are posting on their website: Basically, Twitter said that it would not block someone like Donald Trump or remove the controversial tweets. The reply comes a few days after Donald Trump kicked off the new year with a series of incendiary tweets, including a tweet with a North Korea-aimed threat regarding his massive “nuclear button.”

Twitter says that blocking a world leader “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 said post went on to explain that the tweets from world leaders are examined by the company while keeping context in mind.

This actually sounds similar to the reasoning that Twitter released after Trump retweeted anti-Muslim propaganda in December. That incident also drove calls to ban Trump from Twitter for his violation of company policy by making use of hate speech and promoting violence. The account of Trump did not disappear.

In what appears to be a veiled comment regarding Trump and his notoriously popular Twitter account, the company assured its users last Friday that it strives to “remain unbiased with the public interest in mind” and that “no one person’s account drives Twitter’s growth, or influences these decisions.”

Earlier this week, protests were held at the headquarters of Twitter. The protesters strongly urged Jack Dorsey, the CEO of Twitter, to ban Donald Trump from the social platform.