Twitter is a popular social media service, and like any other company, it has rules. Some of those rules apply directly to the tweets one posts and there is a certain expectation that those using Twitter will abide by the terms of service (TOS). President Trump frequently uses Twitter in a way that has become controversial, inflammatory, and hurtful to others. This certainly presents the issue that President Trump may be one of the greatest violators of Twitter’s own terms of services. Should his account be suspended and should Twitter ban POTUS from using Twitter?
Under the Twitter Rules section of the social media site, there is a section that details abusive practices. Included in this section is harassment and the rules are as follows.
Harassment: You may not incite or engage in the targeted abuse or harassment of others. Some of the factors that we may consider when evaluating abusive behavior include:
- if a primary purpose of the reported account is to harass or send abusive messages to others;
- if the reported behavior is one-sided or includes threats;
- if the reported account is inciting others to harass another account; and
- if the reported account is sending harassing messages to an account from multiple accounts.
Whether Twitter agrees that President Trump’s tweets violate the terms of service is one thing, but there is no question that many people would like to see Trump’s Twitter account banned. The Washington Post wrote an opinion piece back in November 2016, and cries for a Trump Twitter ban have since increased. In fact, so many people have called for a Trump Twitter ban that there is even a Twitter moment about it. You can see those tweets as well as some of Donald Trump’s most offensive tweets below.
With Donald Trump’s history of using Twitter to attack people, journalists, politicians, and those who disagree with his political ideas, do you think it’s time Twitter bans POTUS from the social media network? Do you think Trump’s tweets cross a line or are they an example of free speech? Do you feel that President Trump crosses a line when he engages in misogynistic, crude, and hateful comments? With President Trump’s penchant for disparaging tweets geared towards women that are based upon physical appearance, do you think Trump is violating Twitter’s harassment rules?
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