President Trump’s habit of blasting out statements on Twitter has completely changed the way news is reported, and has caused both praise and outrage, but he has explained it’s his way of going direct to the American people.
In November, Trump’s Twitter account was deactivated for a full eleven minutes when a contracted Turkish employee from Germany, in the US on a work visa, pulled the plug on his last day with the company, but the service was quickly restored.
Afterwards, the president tweeted, “My Twitter account was taken down for 11 minutes by a rogue employee. I guess the word must finally be getting out-and having an impact.”
On their blog website on Friday, Twitter dedicated an entire post to their stance on world leaders using the Twitter platform, and why they won’t block their accounts or remove their “controversial Tweets.”
The entire blog post is as follows:
World Leaders on Twitter
There’s been a lot of discussion about political figures and world leaders on Twitter, and we want to share our stance.
Twitter is here to serve and help advance the global, public conversation. Elected world leaders play a critical role in that conversation because of their outsized impact on our society.
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. 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.
We are working to make Twitter the best place to see and freely discuss everything that matters. We believe that’s the best way to help our society make progress.