Twitter has explained in a series of tweets why it hasn’t removed a tweet by President Donald Trump that many said violated the platform's terms of service.
On Saturday, Trump tweeted North Korea “won’t be around much longer” if it continues to threaten the United States, which critics argued violated Twitter’s rules against violent threats.
Twitter could have removed the tweet or suspended Trump’s Twitter account, but it said a number of considerations were taken into account when determining whether to remove content, including “newsworthiness” and the “public interest” value of the tweet.
Other Trump tweets may also have violated Twitter's prohibition against threats, including one that said the U.S. military was “locked and loaded” and one that showed a video of Trump beating up someone in a wrestling ring with CNN’s logo superimposed on the opponent’s face.
Trump’s tweet about North Korea led officials in that country to claim the U.S. had declared war and that it reserves the right to shoot down U.S. bombers even outside North Korean territory. White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders called the suggestion the U.S. had declared war on North Korea “absurd.”
Comments on Twitter’s explanatory thread pointed out the inconsistency of not removing Trump’s tweets because of “newsworthiness.”
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