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Twitter explains why it won't block Donald Trump

09 January 2018

'Twitter is here to serve and help advance the global, public conversation, ' the social media site said.

"Blocking a world leader from Twitter or removing their controversial [t] weets would hide important information people should be able to see and debate", the blog post read, citing the reason why it does not remove their accounts.

Several Twitter users tweeted directly at the company, demanding that he be suspended or banned as they believed the president's tweets violated Twitter's terms of service.

The company added that it was making its stance known due to the recent discussion about how world leaders (though Trump is not specifically mentioned by name) use the platform.

Twitter on Friday issued a statement defending its decision not to suspend or remove tweets from political figures and world leaders, in response to protests that President Donald Trump was violating its terms of service with tweets that taunt North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Twitter responded in its blog post that even if it did block a world leader, doing so would not silence that leader. Twitter, which has struggled to grow its user base, said that "No one person's account drives Twitter's growth, or influences these decisions".

Twitter said it wanted to remain unbiased, which it felt was in the public interest.

Though, they did say they are "working to make Twitter the best place to see and freely discuss everything that matters", so there's that.

In response to Trump's threat on Twitter, the company earlier said that it had reviewed the case and "found that there was no violation of the Twitter rules against abusive behaviour".

For almost a year, Twitter has weathered criticism over President Trump's tweet storms.

Some critics have suggested that Twitter's reluctance to censor Trump's Tweets stems from its understanding that Trump's predilection for the platform provides outsize importance to a company that has failed to achieve the popularity of social media behemoths such as Facebook and YouTube.

Twitter explains why it won't block Donald Trump