Twitter says world leaders like Trump have special status


"It would also not silence that leader, but it would certainly hamper necessary discussion around their words and actions", the company said in its statement.

Twitter responded to criticism over how it lets major public figures (like, say, President Donald Trump) use its service to bully others and threaten violence (like a nuclear war) while banning average users for doing the same thing. "Dorsey's handle on Twitter is "@jack", and President Donald Trump's is "@realDonaldTrump".

At least when it comes to Twitter, the company is saying it will hold Trump, other world leaders, their militaries and governments to a different standard, allowing them to effectively do as they please on the service.

The activist group Color of Change launched a petition drive, urging Chief Executive Jack Dorsey to kick Trump off Twitter, citing the escalating war of words with North Korea's leader, Kim Jong Un.

The remark led to an immediate debate over whether Mr. Trump had broken Twitter's rules and whether the platform should bar him from posting.

As president, Trump has any number of avenues at his disposal should he want to insult a foreign leader, bash a news organization, or ridicule a celebrity.

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The candidate also denied knowing Corfman in an interview with conservative host Sean Hannity after the allegations first broke. Leigh Corfman is not seeking financial compensation beyond legal costs, said her attorney, Neil Roman.

However, there was one account that everyone was wondering why Twitter wasn't reprimanding in any way.

"We review Tweets by leaders within the political context that defines them, and enforce our rules accordingly", the company explained.

Critics said that tweet and Trump's continued presence on the network endanger the world and violate Twitter's ban on threats of violence. Instead, Twitter said it is working to remain as unbiased as possible with the public interest in mind.

"2018 is off to a disturbing start for anyone who believes in the necessity of steady and wise U.S. leadership", wrote Albright, who was President Bill Clinton's secretary of state and the first woman to hold the post. The most clear-cut example is Trump, whose sometimes inflammatory tweets have ignited debate about how the company enforces its rules that ban actions like harassment and death threats.

In a December op-ed written with Representative David Price (D-N.C.), she argued that Trump consistently falls "short of the mature judgment and discerning decision-making required of the leader of the free world", and that Congress should work to take on more diplomatic responsibility.