Twitter Wars

Some think Trump threatening nuclear war on Twitter should be a terms of service violation

Some people think Twitter is enabling Donald Trump to launch a nuclear war.

This Tuesday, President Trump ratcheted up his Twitter antics to an alarming new level. Trump boasted that his “Nuclear Button” is “much bigger” and “more powerful” than North Korean leader Kim Jong Un‘s – a childish and dangerous taunt that raises additional questions about his fitness for office. But some think that Twitter is enabling this kind of behavior by keeping the tweet up.

“North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the ‘Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times,'” Trump tweeted. “Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!”

The outrage generated by the tweet has prompted some to take their complaints directly to Twitter, saying that Trump’s words violate the social media platform’s terms of service.

But according to Twitter, Trump’s rhetorical style is “newsworthy” and doesn’t meet the requirements for removal.

“If an account were to publicly attack or harass a private citizen, we would take action,” Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey told Fortune.

Nevertheless, people are pushing for Trump’s tweet to be removed.

According to TechCrunch, Twitter doesn’t see it the same way as those reporting Trump’s tweet. The company reviewed the case and “found that there was no violation of the Twitter Rules against abusive behavior.”

The issue is that Twitter’s rules don’t apply to whatever Trump posts because of who he is. This, combined with another exception Twitter recently carved out for governments and military, allows Twitter to wash its hands of the matter.

For starters, there’s the “newsworthiness” of Trump’s statements. No matter what those statements are, Twitter allows his tweets to remain online because he’s the U.S. President.

This situation has come up before – in fact, it came up with regard to another Trump tweet about North Korea. Back in September 2017, North Korea’s top diplomat described President Donald Trump’s tweets about the country then as a “declaration of war.” This prompted Twitter to further explain its stance on the matter.

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