TWITTER has revealed what it would take for them to boot Donald Trump off the social networking site.
In an interview on BBC Radio 5, Twitter’s vice president for Europe, the Middle East and Africa said it could be as simple as the US President tweeting out someone’s phone number and refusing to delete the tweet.
“There are certain rules where we’re really clear,” Bruce Daisley told BBC 5 host, Emma Barnett.
“Let me give you an example that’s slightly aside. If someone tweets private information, if someone tweets someone’s private address, phone number, then they are no go areas where we don’t permit that. In those instances, what we often say if we ask for that tweet to be removed.”
Mr Daisley told the radio host that you have to keep in mind Donald Trump is the “elected leader of the biggest power in the world… We try and view this through a global prism. We try and have rules for whether it’s the leader of Iran, India, Australia, the UK. We apply the same rules to all world leaders.”
“Twitter is here to serve and help advance the global, public conversation,” the statement said.
“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’s growth, or influences these decisions. We work hard to remain unbiased with the public interest in mind.”
Apart from tweeting out someone’s personal information, people can also get cautioned and kicked off Twitter for breaching their abusive behaviour policy. Does threatening a nuclear war count as one?
Some of the points from the policy include:
• Violence: You may not make specific threats of violence or wish for the serious physical harm, death, or disease of an individual or group of people.
• Abuse: You may not engage in the targeted harassment of someone, or incite other people to do so. We consider abusive behaviour an attempt to harass, intimidate, or silence someone else’s voice.
• Hateful conduct: You may not promote violence against, threaten, or harass other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or serious disease.
Twitter does stress in its rules that “context matters when evaluating for abusive behaviour and determining appropriate enforcement actions”, with one of the factors being if “the behaviour is newsworthy and in the legitimate public interest”.