Twitter announced that it would begin labeling “abusive” tweets from political leaders in a move that could impact President Donald Trump’s social media reach.
Twitter announced in a blog post Thursday that it would begin labeling tweets from "all verified political candidates and government officials with more than 100,000 followers" that contain "abusive behavior."
The company said it would also deprioritize labeled tweets, meaning they will be seen by fewer people, but would not remove them from the site.
The company said in the past it "allowed certain Tweets that violated our rules to remain on Twitter because they were in the public's interest” but now the company will block the tweets from view with a label that says "the Twitter Rules about abusive behavior apply to this Tweet. However, Twitter has determined it may be in the public's interest for the Tweet to remain available."
Trump has repeatedly violated Twitter rules:
Twitter’s decision comes after years of criticism for allowing Trump’s tweets that clearly violate the site’s rules to remain up while deleting similar comments from others.
"Trump has, for example, used Twitter to call former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman "that dog," share a gif showing him hitting Democratic rival Hillary Clinton with a golf ball and threaten nuclear war on North Korea by saying, 'I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!'" Politico noted.
Trump is already claiming Twitter is censoring him:
Trump has already gone after Twitter with claims that the site is making it “very hard” for people to follow his personal account in an interview with Fox Business Wednesday.
"What they did to me on Twitter’s incredible. I have millions and millions of followers, but I will tell you they make it very hard for people to join me on Twitter," he claimed. "If I announced tomorrow that I’m going to become a nice liberal Democrat, I would pick up five times more followers."
There is no evidence it that following Trump is any harder than any other Twitter account. Click “follow,” done. That’s it.