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Twitter says it won't ban Trump

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Today's top story: It took long enough, but Twitter finally has a coherent statement about its stance
 
January 5 · Issue #57 · View online
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Today’s top story: It took long enough, but Twitter finally has a coherent statement about its stance toward banning President Donald Trump: it won’t. Late Friday afternoon, the company put up a blog post speaking to the value of keeping Trump’s tweets visible for all to see — without ever mentioning him by name.
Twitter is here to serve and help advance the global, public conversation. Elected world leaders play a critical role in that conversation because of their outsized impact on our society.
Blocking a world leader from Twitter or removing their controversial Tweets, would hide important information people should be able to see and debate. It would also not silence that leader, but it would certainly hamper necessary discussion around their words and actions.
If you read the newsletter this week, you know this lines up with my own thinking.
Consider how many options Trump would have if he were banned from Twitter. He could relay his tweets through proxies, either in writing or by dictating them. He could post his thoughts on Facebook or another social network, where an infinite number of bots would screenshot them and repost them. And even if he and all his proxies were banned by every social network, both current and future, he would still be able to call a network news conference more or less whenever he wanted. 
As I mentioned in my story today, Twitter holds out the possibility that it could still take action against a Trump tweet, or even Trump’s Twitter account  — on purpose, even!
We review Tweets by leaders within the political context that defines them, and enforce our rules accordingly.
Left unsaid is that Twitter rules change weekly and are enforced erratically. But the point remains: just because Twitter hasn’t taken down a Trump tweet yet doesn’t mean it won’t eventually. 
In the meantime, I’m glad Twitter has drawn some clearer lines around its thinking when it comes to Trump. Even if can’t bring itself to say his name. 

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