Should Twitter ban President Trump?

Should Twitter ban President Trump?

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No politician has weaponized Twitter like President Trump. He even said, "I think that maybe I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for Twitter." Some argue his tweets violate democratic norms, undermine his agenda and even threaten national security. Pundits say enough is enough, Twitter should ban Trump for violating its terms of service. But Twitter has already said it won't ban the president and his supporters say Twitter allows him to circumvent a dishonest media and engage directly with the American public. What do you think?📱

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Critics say Trump's Twitter feed poses a genuine national security threat.

Trump's Twitter behavior has dangerous implications that could do serious damage on a global scale. Jennifer Grygiel argues in Slate that Twitter's CEO Jack Dorsey ought to intervene:

What if he loses his temper and says something that is perceived as a military threat, even if he just intends it as empty bombast? Or what if someone hacked his account and tweeted that we were about to, say, bomb an ally? We already know that Trump’s tweets can move financial markets. Do we really want to find out if they can scramble fighter jets?

Beyond the foreign policy implications, his direct threats clearly violate Twitter's terms of service.

It really doesn't seem like a difficult choice...

But others argue Twitter is just the means by which Trump says crazy things. Banning his account wouldn't suddenly make him a rational player on the world stage. He would probably just find another social media platform to spew his insults.

Trump is the President of the United States. He has every right to speak directly to the American people. Doesn't the president have a right to free speech?

Twitter's leadership has spoken out on the issue before. It chose not to suspend President Trump from the platform when previously urged, citing "newsworthiness" and a commitment to transparency among other reasons.

It seems like Trump's Twitter account isn't going anywhere anytime soon.

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