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Twitter Has Finally Come Up With a Way to Call Donald Trump Out When His Tweets Break Their Rules

Twitter Has Finally Come Up With a Way to Call Donald Trump Out When His Tweets Break Their Rules
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Twitter, like all social media platforms, has community standards and terms of service (TOS) that users are required to adhere to or face deletion of tweets or banning for repeated violations.

But certain people seem immune to such standards.

World leaders who post misleading or false information or outright lies or tweets that threaten harm have been a bone of contention between social media platform users and the companies that own them. Complaints have been issued to YouTube, Facebook and Twitter by users, frequently tagging the company heads like Mark Zuckerberg or Jack Dorsey.

In response, Twitter announced Thursday that disclaimers will be added to world leader's posts deemed in violation of their TOS, but the tweets will remain on the platform. Twitter Safety and Standards decided maintaining the historical record outweighs the harm of allowing these TOS violating posts to stay on Twitter.

CNN broke the news on Twitter with screenshots of questionable tweets from President Donald Trump.

A spokesperson for Twitter told CNN Business:

"This is not about perceived bias but about providing more clarity if our rules have been broken."

Twitter shared an image of what the disclaimers will look like.


The sample notice reads:

"The Twitter Rules about abusive behavior apply to this Tweet. However, Twitter has determined that it may be in the public's interest for the Tweet to remain available."

However Twitter also said that unlike in the past:

"[D]irect threats of violence or calls to commit violence against an individual [are] unlikely to be considered in the public interest."

The guidelines for public interest include:

"Whether preserving a Tweet will allow others to hold the government official, candidate for public office, or appointee accountable for their statements."

The company added:

"When a Tweet has this notice placed on it, it will feature less prominently on Twitter."

Tweets flagged with a disclaimer will not make the "Top Tweets" and will be automatically excluded from other algorithms to limit their reach.

The new rules will apply to:

"...verified government officials, political candidates and people who are being considered for a government position and who have more than 100,000 followers."

People met the news with mixed reactions.


People pointed out how quickly some conservative media outlets took the announcement of disclaimers and changed the story to censoring Trump and other conservatives online.

Information about the future disclaimers for tweets from world leaders who violate community standards and terms of service was posted on the Twitter blog by Twitter Safety.

The full blog post can be read here.

According to the Twitter blog notice, the new rules go into effect immediately but will not be used for past posts.

Twitter Safety stated:

"Over time, public interest and how it's defined on Twitter may change as we observe different types of behavior. We'll continue to evaluate how our rules and enforcement actions can be clearer and keep working to make our decision-making easier to understand."

To commemorate the Trump presidency, The Daily Show created The Donald J. Trump Presidential Twitter Library, available here.