Twitter Says It Won’t Block World Leaders

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For nearly a year, Twitter has weathered criticism over President Trump’s tweet storms.

Detractors say the micro-blogging service has tolerated his often vitriolic rants, including a recent late-night missive in which he boasted he had a “nuclear button” that was “more powerful” than North Korea — a clear violation of its terms of service, which bars threats of violence.

Don’t expect its stance to change any time soon. On Friday, Twitter said world leaders would remain on the service.

“Elected world leaders play a crucial role in that conversation because of their outsized impact on our society,” Twitter said a statement posted on its site. “Block a world leader from Twitter or removing their controversial tweets would hide important information people should be able to see and debate.”

In recent months, the company has cracked down on hate groups but that hasn’t dampened cries for it to dump Trump.

One theory over Twitter’s reluctance is that Trump, with nearly 46.1 million followers, drives traffic on Twitter that, ultimately, boosts its bottom line.

Twitter scoffed at the notion on Friday. “No one person’s account drives Twitter’s growth or influences these decisions,” it said.


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