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Should Donald Trump be banned from Twitter?

President Donald Trump is no stranger to Twitter controversies—with his latest series of tweets leaving much of the Twitter universe stunned, some to silence—leading many to question whether he should be allowed to use the platform at all. Trump's supporters appreciate having unbridled access to the president and his opinions, free from refined political speak. Others argue that Trump promotes racism and hate on Twitter and should, at the very least, be banned based on community guidelines. What do you think?

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In July, Trump's Twitter reached a new level. The New York Times' Charles M. Blow reports: 

On Sunday morning, the same day that the Trump administration earlier announced it would conduct raids to round up undocumented immigrants, Trump weighed in again on the conflict between four female freshmen congresswomen and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, tweeting a series of three of the most racist tweets he could produce.

The congresswomen referred to in the tweet are unnamed by Trump, but are largely believed to be Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortex (D-NY), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), and Ayanna Pressley (D-MA). Trump's tweets sent a clear message: that in Trump's opinion, these congresswomen are not welcome in Congress, nor in the country. Blow continues, saying:

First, the facts: The country Ocasio-Cortez, Tlaib and Pressley “originally came from” is this one. They were born in America. Omar was a refugee from Somalia.
But, this is the most important fact: They aren’t white, and they are women. They are “other” in the framing of the white nationalists. They are descendants of Africa, the Middle East and Latin America.
The central framing of this kind of thinking is that this is a white country, founded and built by white men, and destined to be maintained as a white country.

These tweets are among the most clear examples of Trump's true feelings. Not only are the tweets incredibly dangerous coming from the president of the United States, but many in the public also feel they are in direct violation of Twitter's community guidelines. Trump's profile should be removed from Twitter as a result.

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Twitter's hateful conduct policy states: 

We are committed to combating abuse motivated by hatred, prejudice or intolerance, particularly abuse that seeks to silence the voices of those who have been historically marginalized.
We prohibit targeting individuals with content intended to incite fear or spread fearful stereotypes about a protected category, including asserting that members of a protected category are more likely to take part in dangerous or illegal activities, e.g., “all [religious group] are terrorists”.

Telling congresswomen—all citizens of the U.S.—to "go back and help fix" the "crime infested places from which they came" is nothing if not hateful, prejudiced and intolerant. The tweets should be removed and Trump's profile dealt with accordingly. 

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But according to Gizmodo's Dell Cameron, Trump's tweets regarding the congresswomen remain unflagged:

Twitter, whose platform serves as a catapult for Trump’s bigoted attacks on migrants, has ruled internally that Trump’s words on Sunday were not racist at all—at least, insofar as its own policies are concerned.

Twitter maintains that Trump's tweets are of public interest, presumably because of his position as president. 

“We may allow controversial content or behavior which may otherwise violate our rules to remain on our service because we believe there is a legitimate public interest in its availability,” the company stated. “When this happens, we add a notice to clarify that the Tweet violates our rules, but we believe it should be left up to serve this purpose.”

In conclusion, Cameron writes: 

The implication here is clear: Twitter does not view Trump’s tweets Sunday as a violation of its hateful conduct policy.
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Trump himself says no conservative voice should be banned from Twitter. According to the president, freedom of speech is absolute. 

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