It's clear by now that President Trump isn't held to the same standards as everyone else on Twitter — or at least, the standards to which Twitter claims to hold everyone else. But now, in an interview with the BBC, Twitter's VP in Europe Bruce Daisley clarifies what Trump could do that would actually prompt the service to take action: reveal someone's personal information.
"If someone tweets private information — if someone tweets someone's private address, phone number — then there are no-go areas where we don't permit that," Daisley said in the BBC Radio interview with Emma Barnett. This isn't the only area in which Twitter would take action, but just an example that Daisley picked. Daisley also clarified that the service wouldn't necessarily ban Trump from Twitter over such an action. "We would caution him to remove that tweet for sure," but it's unclear what further steps would be taken.
Twitter has fallen all over itself trying to explain why Trump's tweets are allowed to violate its terms of service. His tweets are considered "newsworthy," so even if they contain a threat, the service won't suspend or ban the president. That goes for other world leaders as well.
Users of the service have been raising more and more question as to why Trump's belligerent behavior is allowed to continue on Twitter, especially as he threatens North Korea with nuclear war. "Blocking a world leader from Twitter or removing their controversial Tweets, would hide important information people should be able to see and debate," the service said this week. It's unclear whether Trump will actually ever cross this line, but if he does, let's hope that Twitter actually sticks to its rules and does something about it.
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