Twitter Defends Its Refusal to Suspend Trump's Account

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"Elected world leaders play a critical role in that conversation due to their outsized impact on our society", the post said.

Ultimately, Twitter said Friday, prohibiting world leaders from using its service would be ineffective, because it would "not silence" them but "would certainly hamper necessary discussion around their words and actions".

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Trump critics have pointed out many instances where it seems as though the president has violated Twitter's terms of service with his messages.

Trump, who has exchanged a series of threats and insults with the Pyongyang regime since past year, tweeted late Tuesday that he, too, has a "nuclear button" that is "much bigger and more powerful" than the one North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has. They have made exceptions in the past for government and military officials, and also take into consideration the newsworthiness of posts.

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The comments prompted complaints that Twitter was providing Mr Trump with a "bully pulpit" and the president contravened its terms and conditions that addressed violence and threats. Trump has threatened people on the site before, and has retweeted content from far-right British political organization Britain First, whose leaders were recently banned from Twitter following their dissemination of misleading, racist videos.

But in December, Twitter deleted Fransen's entire account, apparently as part of its crackdown on violent extremist groups.

It's also not clear if there is an instance in which Twitter would remove a world leader's messages or account.

"We review Tweets by leaders within the political context that defines them, and enforce our rules accordingly", the company explained. No one person's account drives Twitter's growth, or influences these decisions.

Twitter declined to elaborate on its blog post.

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