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Twitter: Posting private info is what will get Trump, world leaders in trouble

Earlier this week, Twitter published a brief statement detailing why world leaders are held in special regard on the social network.

“Twitter is here to serve and help advance the global, public conversation,” it wrote.

“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.”

The tweet in question?

But the company has now clarified this statement, suggesting that the people who keep the political rotation of the planet in check isn’t above Twitter’s law, even if a tweet they publish is intrinsic to the conversation on its platform.

In an interview conducted on BBC 5 Live, Twitter’s VP of EMEA Bruce Daisley on Tuesday outlined what could potentially get the likes of Donald Trump fired from the social network.

And, no. Threatening nuclear war is not considered naughty.

Releasing personal, private information, “address” or “phone number” is, however, what the company would consider a “no go area”, Daisley revealed. But this won’t lead to an account suspension, merely a “caution to remove the [offending] tweet”.

He also confirmed that this applies to all world leaders, and not simply the “bellicose” US President.

This statement is a notable addition to Twitter’s September statement that it first considers the “newsworthiness” and “public interest” value of a tweet, before action to remove it or block the offending account is taken by the company.

“Twitter is committed to transparency and keeping people informed about what’s happening in the world. We’ll continue to be guided by these fundamental principles,” the company tweeted in the aforementioned release.

Listen to the full interview (which begins around the 11 minute mark) here.

Feature image: Memeburn

Author | Andy Walker: Editor

Andy Walker: Editor
Camper by day, run-and-gunner by night, Andy prefers his toast like his coffee -- dark and crunchy. Specialising in spotting the next big Instagram cat star, Andy also dabbles in smartphone, gadget and game reviews over on Gearburn. More
  • DrMitoFit

    You neglected to mention that Trump’s strong stance on NK, US-initiated UN and unilateral sanctions, US-China cooperation, and Twitter responses to Kim Jong Un have recently led to the first North/South Korea talks in years and a real possibility for direct US/North Korea negotiations. Have you considered that Trump’s more direct and honest means of communication might actually be working and helping the cause of world peace? The South Korean President Moon gives President Trump credit for the inter-Korean talks. Are you implying that Twitter should shut down President Trump’s Twitter account because you don’t like his politics or attitude? If Memeburn wants to step into American politics, it should do so in a fair and balanced way that looks more deeply into the issues, shows both sides of the debate, and does not fall for fake news. This story is based on Trump-hating CNN anchor Brian Stelter trying to shut down President Trump’s Twitter account, revealing the loathing and bias the main stream media directs at Trump. Think about it. An American news anchor is trying to silence an American president. That is what you should be complaining about.

  • DrMitoFit

    Your article (6-Nov-2017) about Donald Trump’s impulsive dumping of koi food in Japan is propagation of a proven fake news story. CNN was caught editing the video, cutting out the way Japanese Prime Minister Abe dumped his fish food seconds before Trump dumped his. Yet you did not correct this article or delete the insulting remarks about Trump contained in your article. You fell for a fake news story and spread it further. You should be ashamed.

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