Twitter Not Suspending Trump's Account Over CNN Tweet

Many are calling for president to be banned from the social media service
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 3, 2017 12:17 PM CDT
Twitter: Trump CNN Tweet Not a Violation of Terms of Service
President Donald Trump speaks at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington on Saturday.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Following President Trump's latest tweet controversy, many are flocking to Twitter to suggest the POTUS be banned from the social media service, Elite Daily reports. Users are suggesting that Trump's tweets, including the recent one showing a WWE wrestling video in which he appears to clobber "CNN," violate Twitter's terms of use due to cyberbullying, harassment, and abuse. Some are calling for other users to report Trump's account, with the hashtag #TwitterBanTrump gaining popularity. Newsday points out that some of Trump's tweets, like those against Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski, do seem to violate this line in the Terms of Service: "You may not incite or engage in the targeted abuse or harassment of others." But Twitter reviewed at least one of Trump's recent tweets (the WWE one) and told CNN Sunday it doesn't violate any rules.

So, at least for now, Trump's account won't be suspended. Adrienne LaFrance writes for the Atlantic that Trump is testing the social media site's harassment policy, laying out the entire policy (which also includes clauses against "violent threats" and "hateful conduct"). "What’s a company like Twitter to do when one of its users—who is also the president of the United States, by the way—incessantly publishes attacks against individuals?" she writes. "Nothing, apparently. At least nothing yet. The thornier question is: What should it do? Only rarely would any news organization turn down the opportunity to exclusively print or broadcast a message from the president." Trump himself responded over the weekend to critics complaining his tweets aren't presidential: "My use of social media is not Presidential - it’s MODERN DAY PRESIDENTIAL. Make America Great Again!" (More President Trump stories.)

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