Twitter's new policy is aimed squarely at Donald Trump

Twitter's new policy is aimed squarely at Donald Trump
Many Twitter users have been complaining about several tweets disseminated by President Donald Trump. These Twitter members say that if they sent out tweets with the same insults and language used by the president, they would have had their account suspended. After all, besides giving insulting names to anyone that the thin-skinned president feels has insulted him, Trump has threatened nuclear war with North Korea, posted a video containing violence against CNN and more.

While not mentioning Trump by name, Twitter explained today in a blog post that "there are certain cases where it may be in the public’s interest to have access to certain Tweets, even if they would otherwise be in violation of our rules." In addition, the social media site noted that "a critical function of our service is providing a place where people can openly and publicly respond to their leaders and hold them accountable."

Offending tweets from government officials will not be "algorithmically elevated" by Twitter


Twitter's solution is to make users go through various screens. In the "rare occasion" when it is in the public interest for Twitter to allow a tweet to remain posted even if it violates the platform's rules, Twitter will place a notice on the tweet. This will indicate that to view such a tweet, Twitter members will have to click or tap on an additional screen. The company says that it will prevent these tweets from being "algorithmically elevated on our service, to strike the right balance between enabling free expression, fostering accountability, and reducing the potential harm caused by these Tweets."


So just exactly whose tweets are covered by the new policy? Government officials, those representing a government official, someone running for office or being considered for a public office are affected by the new policy if they have a verified Twitter account with more than 100,000 followers. If someone meets this criterion and sends a tweet that would normally be a violation of Twitter's terms of service, a notice will appear that 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." To the right of the notice will be a link marked "view;" tapping on that link will allow the tweet to be visible to the user. These tweets also will not appear in Safe search, Timeline when switched to Top Tweets, Live events pages, Recommended Tweet push notifications, Notifications tab and Explore.

Twitter is starting this policy on tweets posted today. Twitter says that it will continue to evaluate the rules and will make future changes if necessary.

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29 Comments

1. VariableCheapskate

Posts: 137; Member since: May 29, 2019

Definitely looks like you don't get much sleep thinking about him constantly, uh?

2. VariableCheapskate

Posts: 137; Member since: May 29, 2019

Hell, I lived well enough a lone in a happy, simple life not letting any president stay in my head 24/7 rent-free. Something I know "journalists" won't do for one reason or another. But it's token advice.

8. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Well, when someone is trying to burn your house to the ground, you generally don't just ignore him.

10. Awalker

Posts: 1977; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

It's hard to ignore. The most powerful post in the world is being occupied by a complete and utter moron. He's unstable enough to set the world on fire.

29. Vega007

Posts: 78; Member since: May 18, 2017

Yeah, uh huh. I have heard that since inauguration. And guess what? No fires, only those fake ones created by the media. Worst part is the guppies who eat it all up.

25. TechT

Posts: 6; Member since: May 31, 2018

Shut up. Simple

3. baldilocks

Posts: 1505; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

Well, the media does have a Liberal bias, so I’m not surprised they are offended by anything that doesn’t fit their agenda.

6. domfonusr

Posts: 1084; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

Overall, yes, you are right. The great majority of the media is liberal-biased, so that liberal friends of mine say things like, "Oh, you listen to NPR? That's so moderate and centrist of you!", when I know full-well that NPR is definitely left-leaning overall. Now, there are definitely some segments of the media that are conservative, and even right-wing, that give a little balance to the media... I'm thinking FOX News, mostly. Many of the other smaller right-wing places are absolutely off-their-rocker, and I don't even bother with them anymore. But people need to at least attempt to listen to both sides, if they want to get a more complete picture of what is actually going on. There are things that MSNBC and CNN report that FOX News won't touch, and there are things that FOX News reports that CNN will never touch. NPR isn't quite as far left as either MSNBC or CNN, but I like to tune into them in the car during the weekdays. On Sundays, I tune them all out, and listen to relaxing music and spirituals instead. The nasty thing about it these days is that FOX is getting a stranglehold on the conservative side of the media... a single overwhelmingly-consolidated reliable source for conservative-leaning news means that someone can easily either remove or control almost all of the right-wing media in one simple move - and I find that to be particularly troubling and dangerous. As for Twitter... what's Twitter? LOL

11. ph00ny

Posts: 2031; Member since: May 26, 2011

CNN reports? I thought it was a Trump network 24/7. They provide trump coverage 24/7

30. domfonusr

Posts: 1084; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

… if you can call that coverage... they just say all the same awful things about him over and over again, and bring in more talking heads to bash him into the stone age... but yes, occasionally, in between Trump bashing sessions, CNN really does talk about the news. And so I listen to them like I listen to all the other regular major media sources...

9. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Here we go - the world is against us. That's the problem with the modem right: they're so used to paying the victim, they never know what to do when they gain power.

17. lyndon420

Posts: 6787; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

What?? Did you forget to add the 'sarcasm queue' ?? Liberals are the ones to blame for humanity becoming soft and confused about literally everything.

18. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

There it is again. The state of perpetual victimhood. Yet, every time conservatives gain exclusive power, holding the entire legislative and executive branch, they can't get their stated goals done. Trump had two years with a republican majority in both houses, couldn't get a single mile of wall built. Now, two years later, it's the democrats' fault. Every day we hear Trump crying about how unfair the world is to him. "No president has ever been treated so badly.." Sorry, pudding, but conservatives are just as soft as liberals. They're just more likely to blame their deficiencies on others (liberals, minorities, the media, the unions...)

26. superguy

Posts: 453; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

Big difference between conservatives and Republicans. You're right that Republicans are soft and weak. But be honest - what have the Democrats actually done since Trump has been elected? They've done absolutely nothing. Even the last bill for border relief that passed the Senate like 88-8 (hugely bipartisan) was canned by Pelosi in the house. All they want to do is try to get rid of Trump. Well, like it or not, he got elected. Try to oust him in the polls. Then you have unhinged Dems like Maxine Waters and AOC that make Trump look like a genius. Apparently AOC didn't think people would be able to tell her border pictures were staged, But the victim card? Please. There is a legitimate gripe that conservatives are targeted and censored. How many times do you see leftist speakers shutdown (both online and in person), or being doxxed, or even attacked for what they believe, by conservatives? Rarely to never. How many times do you see the left pulling that crap on conservatives? Every darn day. That's not playing the victim card, cupcake. That's reality. If you want to talk about playing cards, try the left constantly playing the race, Islamophobe, misogynist, xenophobe, whatever card if you don't agree with them on that particular topic. Not taking responsibility for one's actions when things go south - THAT is playing the victim card, pumpkin. And sadly, until the left decides to act like adults and have real conversations with conservatives and try working together to get things done - things are only going to get worse.

4. JMartin22

Posts: 2370; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

What’s this have to do with liberal bias? The man is just an idiot. Says outrageous things and is unqualified to be in that position of authority and responsibility. His political colleagues have gotten fringy with their rhetoric and stances as well.

27. superguy

Posts: 453; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

What ARE the qualifications to be president? Someone who's been in government for a long time? Well, most of the politicians that want to run have been there for decades. Do we honestly think that somehow they're now going to fix the problems that they have been helping create for YEARS? If they can fix them quickly, then what the heck have they been doing for all that time in not fixing the issues? Education and intelligence? Certainly helps, but so does common sense which many intelligent people don't have. Many of them also lack social skills too. And intelligence in what? You can have a very talented and intelligent engineer who knows nothing about diplomacy and economics. That list can go on. Articulate? Sure, you have smooth talkers that could sell crap to a dog. But you know what? Hitler could too. Then you have people who are less articulate, or downright gruff who may tell people the truth even if the delivery is bad and they don't want to hear it. The list goes on. But if we get right down to it - no one would probably fit the definition of what an "ideal" president would be. Each president has had a different style. Each one has had good and bad policies, and made good and bad decisions. Each one has had success and failures, and their fair share of mistakes. Whether there was more bad than good or vice versa is certainly up for debate. And many times, that can't really be told until down the road. If you look at, neither Obama or W were really that qualified to be president, though I'd give Bush an edge for being a governor (same with Bill Clinton). And sometimes, the seemingly least qualified can end up being good presidents - like Reagan. So anyway, I think "qualified" is a very abstract and subjective term that most people would never reach. And one last thing - Trump isn't that hard to figure out. The man's a negotiator. He'll sometimes say outrageous things that he knows he'll never get - like Mexico paying for the wall. That's just a starting point. Reality is he knows he's going to have to negotiate down and meet somewhere in the middle. You don't start with where you want to end up as you'll never get that when you negotiate. We ended up with a new trade deal with Mexico. But people will focus on the "see, Mexico didn't pay for the wall." Well duh. He knew they wouldn't. Any sane person knows they wouldn't, but look at the end result.

5. maqsood

Posts: 3; Member since: Apr 30, 2011

I’ve never been in Twitter. What i can’t understand is why twitter thinks that the likes of president trump should get away with foul language and personal insults, is beyond me. He should have been banned when he first became president for his obnoxious language and it’s so true that anyone else doing the same would have been banned a long time ago.

15. Mike88

Posts: 401; Member since: Mar 05, 2019

No leader will target a specific religion until he is into a big anti national mission,, Trump wants to destroy US in his national disguise, he needs to be stopped

28. superguy

Posts: 453; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

Ah pumpkin, Trump has nothing to do with destroying this country. We were well on our way to doing it ourselves after 9/11. Take the craziness of the progressives and far left and it's not hard to see this country is hanging by a thread. In this respect, Trump's just a smoke screen for what's happening at much lower levels.

7. Awalker

Posts: 1977; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

If he's violating the terms of service they should kick him off.

12. Gottaluvnewtech28

Posts: 11; Member since: Apr 20, 2019

The issue here is whether or not Twitter is an open platform (i.e town square) or a publication (i.e. newspaper). If it is an open platform they get special protection from the gov't from being liable for what a user may say. If not then they are liable. This is why ATT would never be liable for somebody plotting a murder thru text or call on their cell service. Jack Dorsey is a progressive lefty all the way (along with google, facebook and the like) and wants the best of both worlds in being able to have that special protection while shutting views he deems "offensive". Sorry folks, offensive language (even from the president) is protected in the open platform space under free speech. Slowly but surely these tech giants are advocating for one world view and thats a dangerous path for this country to be on.

19. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

No one's, not Trump's, not Alex Jones, nor any of the right, has had their freedom of speech infringed. They can continue to spout whatever stupid drivel they like. Nowhere in the constitution does it say others must carry your stupid speech. You'd think Republicans would understand that, since they were the ones who dismantled the Fairness Doctrine.

23. Gottaluvnewtech28

Posts: 11; Member since: Apr 20, 2019

If they want to remain an open platform which grants them this gov't protection, then yes they do. Section 230 of the communications decency act is what grants said immunity to these companies from being liable from whatever is posted on their platforms. This section was specifically designed for internet services. Twitter, google, facebook, etc. can't have it both ways. Plain and simple. If they want to continue to have this protection, offensive speech is protected and if they are going to ban that then they are in violation of that section. The fairness doctrine has nothing to do with this lol

13. I_have_boxes

Posts: 74; Member since: Jun 02, 2018

One day after the_Donald gets quarantined on reddit. Pure coincidence I'm sure.

14. thefantasticspastic

Posts: 21; Member since: May 27, 2019

1984 is becoming a reality and it's just being graciously accepted?

16. DirtyDan

Posts: 13; Member since: Jun 13, 2011

I freaking hate conservatives but I hate liberals even more. The hypocritical nature and pretentiousness is nauseating.

20. Dbosss unregistered

Am i the only one who never used twitter?

22. kozza3

Posts: 778; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

Just do it for everyone already

24. inFla

Posts: 113; Member since: Aug 17, 2018

In other words, selected censorship.

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