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Twitter says, Trump's tweets are 'newsworthy', will stay

27 September 2017

Trump tweeted last weekend: "Just heard Foreign Minister of North Korea speak at UN".

Even in 2016, there's already been some controversy over whether Twitter should delete some of Trump's tweets or even ban him outright.

Another Twitter notification that it "holds all accounts to the same Rules" also caused public anger, with many replying that the company does not ban a user who repeatedly violates its policies and posts abusive content.

While this was noted as a declaration of war by the North Korean foreign minister, Twitter didn't deem the tweet to breach its terms of use.

Trump has never been one for holding back on Twitter. And on another occasion, Trump tweeted a video of himself beating somebody up outside of a wrestling ring, with the victim's face obscured by CNN's logo - giving the impression that Trump was physically assaulting the news network.

Twitter takes into account both the "newsworthiness" of a tweet and whether it "is of public interest", before opting to remove it.

Under Twitter's user agreement, users are prohibited from making "violent threats (direct or indirect)". Twitter said the post doesn't violate its rules, highlighting its newsworthiness.

This is certainly a debate that will continue as Trump seems to drop threatening remark after threatening remark on Twitter, using it nearly as a tool for his rhetoric and propaganda. A spokesperson for the company would only say that Twitter "does not comment on individual accounts for privacy and security reasons". Should social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook adhere to their rules no matter how "newsworthy" a post is?

"We hold all accounts to the same rules, and consider a number of factors when assessing whether Tweets violate our Rules", the company said.

When asked if Trump would ever be banned if he purposely broke the rules, a Twitter spokesperson past year said: "The Twitter Rules apply to all accounts, including verified accounts". As always, feel free to sound off in the comments section below!

Twitter says, Trump's tweets are 'newsworthy', will stay