07 Feb Twitter Has Spoken Out About Trump and The Internet Isn’t Happy
Twitter has finally broken its silence after calls to mute Trump.
Last week, Mr Trump controversially tweeted about North Korea, saying: “North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the ‘Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times.”
Consequently, Trump’s tweet prompted numerous calls for him to be banned from the site.
Of course, this is not the first time that Trump has shocked users with his uncensored thoughts.
In November, Trump shared anti-Muslim videos from far-right group, Britain First. The incident sparked widespread outrage across the UK, with the British government condemning Donald Trump’s actions as “wrong”.
In a blog, Twitter announced that they exist to “serve and help advance the global, public conversation” and therefore refuse to remove content from elected world leaders.
“Elected world leaders play a critical role in that conversation because of their outsized impact on our society.
“Blocking a world leader from Twitter or removing their controversial Tweets, would hide important information people should be able to see and debate.
“It would also not silence that leader, but it would certainly hamper necessary discussion around their words and actions.
“We review Tweets by leaders within the political context that defines them, and enforce our rules accordingly. No one person’s account drives Twitter growth, or influences these decisions… We work hard to remain unbiased with the public interest in mind.”
Despite it being just 12 years old, the global networking site has 330 million monthly active Twitter users, with 500 million Tweets sent per single day.
Undoubtedly, the online news and social networking service, dubbed “the SMS of the internet”, is a great tool for expressing and learning about one another’s views – on the day of the 2016 U.S. presidential election, Twitter proved to be the largest source of breaking news, with 40 million election-related tweets sent by 10pm – but does this mean that anyone can and should be allowed to tweet?
In response to Trump’s North Korea tweet, not only did critics request his removal from the networking site, but his removal from office.
“This Tweet alone is grounds for removal from office under the 25th Amendment. This man should not have nukes,” tweeted Richard Painter, who worked as an ethics lawyer for President George W. Bush.
Singer will.i.am also tweeted: “You can save the world by not allowing threats that will end up killing millions of people’s lives… This is scary & ridiculous… Publishing global death threats on twitter isn’t ‘freedom of speech’.”
Clearly, a lot of people don’t agree with Twitter’s decision to stay unbiased… what do you think?