Published: Tue, January 09, 2018
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

We won't block world leaders, says Twitter

We won't block world leaders, says Twitter

Twitter has announced it would not block the accounts of world leaders even if their statements are "controversial", citing a need to promote a "public conversation" on political issues.

Twitter has reiterated its stance that accounts belonging to world leaders have special status on the social media network, pushing back against users who have called on the company to banish United States president Donald Trump.

Detractors say the micro-blogging service has tolerated his often vitriolic rants, including a recent late-night missive in which he boasted he had a "nuclear button" that was "more powerful" than North Korea - a clear violation of its terms of service, which bars threats of violence. "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.

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But Twitter stressed the importance of its role in enabling free and open discussion.

"No one person's account drives Twitter's growth, or influences these decisions", the company added. We work hard to remain unbiased with the public interest in mind.

"We are working to make Twitter the best place to see and freely discuss everything that matters", the statement said. "We believe that's the best way to help our society make progress". Last year, Twitter executive chairman Omid Kordestani said that "it's good to have him talk on Twitter". "My use of social media is not Presidential - it's MODERN DAY PRESIDENTIAL", he declared past year.

Trump declared that his nuclear button was "much bigger" and "more powerful" than North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's after the latter threatened the USA about Pyongyang's nuclear capabilities.

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