Twitter has pointed to President Donald Trump’s public interest and “newsworthiness” as the main reasons why it declined to scrap off a controversial tweet. That has added to the fiery rhetoric between North Korea and the United States.
The U.S leader tweeted Saturday: “Just heard Foreign Minister of North Korea speak at U.N. If he echoes thoughts of Little Rocket Man, they won’t be around much longer!” A North Korea’s top diplomat on Monday went ahead to refer to the tweet as a declaration of war. However, Sarah Huckabee Sanders who is the White House press secretary has been quick in her response saying that the forwarded explanation was rather absurd.
Twitter has over the years had some clear-cut rules, one of them being that no one should promote violence or make threats of violence. Terrorism has claimed quite a large number of lives globally and Twitter has in numerous instances expressed its determination help fight the vice. The provider forbids both the indirect and the direct threats.
It surprised most of the people to see the company cite “newsworthiness” as one of the factors it considered in determining whether or not a tweet was in violation of its platform’s rules. The company’s spokesperson said that it had been part of its internal policy over quite a long period of time.
In a statement, the company made it clear to the general public that it was going to remain dedicated to transparency and keeping people informed about what’s taking place around the globe.
It is not the first times that concerns are being raised requesting the social media company to bar the U.S leader from using the platform. The company has always run to its own defense most of the times saying that it wants to try in as much as possible to comment on individual accounts. This time around it has taken a strong stand outlining the great need to hear from leaders in order to hold people accountable.
In July, Twitter had gone ahead to make an announcement saying that it would take action against abusive accounts. Trump’s account wasn’t affected and that raised a lot of questions.