“We work hard to remain unbiased with the public interest in mind"
Twitter have posted a blog explaining their reasons for not banning US President Donald Trump from the site.
Since taking his position in office, Trump has used his personal Twitter account to attack individuals, vilify the ‘fake news media’ and push his far-right agenda. More recently, he bragged about the size of his ‘nuclear button’, in a move that’s been seen as potentially damaging to the safety and security of the country.
“Elected world leaders play a critical role in that conversation because of their outsized impact on our society,” the post reads. “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,” they write.
“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.”
Donald Trump’s Twitter account briefly disappeared last year, after it was temporarily deactivated by a Twitter employee on his last day at work.
Shortly before 4PM Pacific time on November 2 (11PM GMT), anyone hoping to access Trump’s Twitter page was greeted with the unexpected message ‘Sorry, that page doesn’t exist!’
Despite widespread hope that the disappearance could be a permanent move, the increasingly bizarre tweets of America’s Commander in Chief reappeared only 11 minutes later.