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Trump aides joke away his latest "nuclear" tweet

Trump aides joke away his latest Trump aides joke away his latest "nuclear" tweet
Domingo Copeland | 06 January, 2018, 03:33

Twitter has said it will not block world leaders or remove their "controversial tweets" amid calls to remove US President Donald Trump from the social media platform. "It would also not silence that leader, but it would certainly hamper necessary discussion around their words and actions", the company said in a blog post Friday.

Twitter had already said in September that "newsworthiness" and whether a tweet is "of public interest" are among the factors it considers before removing an account or a tweet.

The protest came after Trump kicked off the new year with a Level 5 tweetstorm, taking shots at everything from Iran's government to the "Fake News Media", but on Tuesday night the Tweeter-In-Chief chose to brag that his "nuclear button" is larger and more powerful than North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un's. "Elected world leaders play a critical role in that conversation due to their outsized impact on our society", the California-based company said in a blog post.

The company said Friday that it reviews all tweets, including those of world leaders.

There's been a lot of discussion about political figures and world leaders on Twitter, and we want to share our stance.

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"No one person's account drives Twitter's growth, or influences these decisions", Twitter said.

Protesters argue that Twitter is helping make the world less safe by giving the President a platform for his provocative statements.

Though, they did say they are "working to make Twitter the best place to see and freely discuss everything that matters", so there's that. Twitter declined to take the videos down from Trump's account - saying first that they were newsworthy, and then clarifying that they did not violate its policies.

A company spokeswoman had no immediate comment, beyond emails that were sent to those who complained that Trump's tweet violated terms of service in that it was a violent threat - this time of nuclear annihilation. This week, a tweet invoking the prospect of nuclear war escalated tensions with North Korea, but was allowed to remain on the service. And for more than a year, the company has not addressed the criticism definitively.

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