Twitter May Start Labeling Trump Tweets That Violate Its Rules on Threats and Bullying

Twitter May Start Labeling Trump Tweets That Violate Its Rules on Threats and Bullying

A Twitter executive said Wednesday that the company is considering labeling tweets by President Trump and other world leaders that violate the social media giant’s rules.

Vijaya Gadde, Twitter's head of legal, policy, and trust and safety, said at an event hosted by The Washington Post that the company does not police tweets from public figures the same way it does others because they are “newsworthy.”

"One of the things we’re working really closely on with our product and engineering folks is, ‘How can we label that?’" Gadde said in response to a question about Trump’s unpoliced tweets. “How can we put some context around it so people are aware that that content is actually a violation of our rules and it is serving a particular purpose in remaining on the platform?"

"When we leave that content on the platform there’s no context around that and it just lives on Twitter and people can see it and they just assume that is the type of content or behavior that’s allowed by our rules," Gadde explained.

"An example would be a direct violent threat against an individual that we wouldn't leave on the platform because of the danger it poses to that individual," she added. “But there are other types of content that we believe are newsworthy or in the public interest that people may want to have a conversation around.”

Twitter has a major Trump problem:

“In August, Trump called a former aide, Omarosa Manigault Newman, a ‘dog.’ He has regularly used the platform to attack political enemies, such as the late senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Hillary Clinton and he has shared an image of his political foes behind bars. Trump has also retweeted unverified anti-Islam videos and has posted videos depicting, among other slights at the media, CNN being squashed by a shoe,” The Washington Post noted. “There are concerns that the president’s Twitter behavior has influenced politicians on the local and state level. And politicians overseas have been accused of abusing the platform with inflammatory rhetoric.”

Conservatives accuse Twitter of ‘collusion’:

Conservatives on Twitter were angered by the statement, accusing the network of “political manipulation” and calling for an investigation.

“Power mad liberals won’t be satisfied until they kick all of us off social media,” wrote Media Research Center founder Brent Bozell. “Now they’re even targeting @realDonaldTrump! Talk about collusion! It’s pure political manipulation, and they should be investigated.”

“Twitter censoring/tampering with POTUS tweets is a deliberate violation of election laws. Talk about collusion!!” he added.

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