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Saturday, 6 January 2018

Twitter won't block world leaders from posting

Twitter said it doesn't plan to block world leaders from posting tweets because they "play a critical role" in the "global public conversation."


The social media platform announced the policy Friday after Twitter users called on the company to ban President Donald Trump because of provocative tweets, including threats against North Korea. He has 46 million followers.

"Twitter is here to serve and help advance the global, public conversation" Twitter said in a blog post that did not explicitly mention Trump. "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."

Twitter said it it "working to make Twitter the best place to see and freely discuss everything that matters. We believe that's the best way to help our society make progress."

That includes weighing where the tweets come from.
 (UPI)

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