Twitter: Trump Is Not Immune To Getting Banned from Platform


Twitter stated that not even President Donald Trump is immune from being kicked off the platform should his tweets violate corporate policies.

Politico reported on Tuesday, “The social media company’s rules against vitriolic tweets offer leeway for world leaders whose statements are newsworthy.”

However, Twitter legal and policy chief Vijaya Gadde told the news outlet, there is no “blanket exception for the president or anyone else.”

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey revealed that he receives notifications on his phone every time Trump tweets from his account, which has over 54 million followers.

Dorsey declined to answer when Politico asked if he would personally weigh in on whether to remove Trump from the platform.

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“We have to balance it with the context that it’s in,” he said. “So my role is to ask questions and make sure we’re being impartial, and we’re upholding consistently our terms of service, including public interest.”

Some of Trump’s more controversial tweets include a January post directed at North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.

At the time, the president was accused of threatening violence in violation of Twitter policy when he tweeted the U.S. has a much bigger nuclear button in January.

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Trump’s tweet came in the wake of Kim stating in a News Years Day speech, “The entire United States is within range of our nuclear weapons, and a nuclear button is always on my desk. This is reality, not a threat.”

Twitter responded to calls to block Trump in a statement days after the war of words explaining, “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.”

Trump also stirred controversy last month when he called former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman a “dog.”

Dorsey has denied a recent Wall Street Journal report that he overruled his staff and allowed Alex Jones, who has been accused of pedaling in conspiracy theories, to remain on the site.

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“I ask questions. I don’t think I’ve ever overruled anything,” he said.

In testimony before Congress on Wednesday, Dorsey stated his company has been aggressively removing users who violate Twitter’s corporate rules.

“We’re now removing over 200 percent more accounts for violating our policies,” he said.

Dorsey added, “We’re identifying and challenging 8 to 10 million suspicious accounts every week and we’re thwarting over half million accounts from logging into Twitter every single day.”

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Randy DeSoto has written more than 3,000 articles for The Western Journal since he joined the company in 2015. He is a graduate of West Point and Regent University School of Law. He is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths" and screenwriter of the political documentary "I Want Your Money."
Randy DeSoto is the senior staff writer for The Western Journal. He wrote and was the assistant producer of the documentary film "I Want Your Money" about the perils of Big Government, comparing the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. Randy is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths," which addresses how leaders have appealed to beliefs found in the Declaration of Independence at defining moments in our nation's history. He has been published in several political sites and newspapers.

Randy graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in political science and Regent University School of Law with a juris doctorate.
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Graduated dean's list from West Point
United States Military Academy at West Point, Regent University School of Law
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We Hold These Truths
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Virginia and Pennsylvania state bars
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