Angry Twitter users have bombarded the messenger network with questions why it has not removed the tweet of US President Donald Trump which had apparently reignited the saber-rattling between Washington and Pyongyang. The company explained why it is still in place.
The platform posted a series of messages explaining its position and citing "newsworthiness" as one of the factors it considered in determining if a tweet may break its rules.
THREAD: Some of you have been asking why we haven't taken down the Tweet mentioned here: https://t.co/CecwG0qHmq 1/6— Twitter PublicPolicy (@Policy) 25 сентября 2017 г.
On Saturday, the US President tweeted to North Korea that its leader, whom he called a "Little Rocket Man", and its Foreign Minister "won't be around much longer." The comment came in response to North Korea's top diplomat's speech at the UN and incited the wrath of Pyongyang, which regarded it as a "declaration of war" and threatened military countermeasures.
Just heard Foreign Minister of North Korea speak at U.N. If he echoes thoughts of Little Rocket Man, they won't be around much longer!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 24 сентября 2017 г.
Twitter users subsequently wondered why the tweet remained there; it clearly violates the platform's rule that users "may not make threats of violence or promote violence, including threatening or promoting terrorism."
@policy that is a truly rubbish explanation! Please explain why even when tweet threatens destruction of whole country it’s fine.— Debs Armstrong (@DebsArmstrong) 25 сентября 2017 г.
Among other micro-blogging messenger's evasive explanations was the "public interest" of the post, which led the users to conclude that if one is the US President, it is totally OK to declare that you're going to attack an entire country or assassinate its leader.
So, the tweet could be a threat from Trump, but because he's POTUS, it remains? Sounds inconsistent and biased.— Mike Rana ✈️📱🇺🇸 (@michaelranaii) 25 сентября 2017 г.
The users sarcastically wondered if censorship would come before or after the launch of a nuclear weapon, just so that they could be clear on "what the threshold is."
I’d like to know too because I probably won’t be around for long after the launch if he decides he doesn’t like Seattle.— swedishkiss 🎈 (@swedishkiss) 25 сентября 2017 г.
"I’d like to know too because I probably won’t be around for long after the launch if he decides he doesn’t like Seattle," replied another one.
BTW, I don't want his tweet removed, I want him BANNED as long as he is in the Oval Office, for the safety of the planet, frankly.— Diana Joy 🛋 (@DianaJoy23) 25 сентября 2017 г.
Another Twitter notification that it "holds all accounts to the same Rules" also caused public anger, with many replying that the company does not ban a user who repeatedly violates its policies and posts abusive content.