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Should Twitter ban President Trump?

This weekend marked at least 100,000 total deaths from the COVID-19 pandemic, many of which are due to an inept pandemic response led by President Donald Trump, according to some experts. During this time, the president is once again using his Twitter account to dredge up old feuds and attack other people. Trump lashed out against one of his critics, MSNBC's Joe Scarborough, raising an old and false conspiracy theory accusing Scarborough of murdering his intern decades ago. Family members of the woman who died have pleaded with Trump to stop and for Twitter to intervene. Trump's supporters and people in the conservative media sphere see no problem with Trump's behavior online. They relish how people react to Trump, saying that he is an expert troll. How do you think Twitter should respond?

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President Trump regularly uses his Twitter account to personally attack and demean others. He consistently violates Twitter policies, but he's held to a different standard because of his title. Some say enough is enough—it's time to ban Trump from the platform.

The president's latest tweets are not a one-off occurrence. Trump regularly does this—he gave fuel to a conspiracy theory about Seth Rich, which tormented Rich's family. It's not a harmless thing that Trump does. 

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However, Trump's supporters enjoy his Tweets and think that he is expertly trolling the liberal media. In their eyes, Trump is playing the "media elite" and the "blue-check" class. They revel in the hand-wringing and see no harm in the president giving air to conspiracy theories and using his platform to attack his opponents. Besides, he's the president. He has a huge platform without Twitter.

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Twitter's position is that since Trump is the president, his tweets should be left up because there is a clear public interest in them. As president, what Trump chooses to post is relevant regardless of anyone's personal opinion on him, according to Twitter

Here is the specific criteria Twitter has laid out for when they would take down a world leader's tweet.

  • Promotion of terrorism;
  • Clear and direct threats of violence against an individual (context matters: as noted above, direct interactions with fellow public figures and/or commentary on political and foreign policy issues would likely not result in enforcement);
  • Posting private information, such as a home address or non-public personal phone number;
  • Posting or sharing intimate photos or videos of someone that were produced or distributed without their consent;
  • Engaging in behaviors relating to child sexual exploitation; and
  • Encouraging or promoting self-harm.
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