Pixel Envy

Written by Nick Heer.

Twitter Obliquely Responds to Complaints About Their Handling of Donald Trump’s Account

Twitter:

There’s been a lot of discussion about political figures and world leaders on Twitter, and we want to share our stance.

No, there has been a lot of discussion about a world leader on Twitter.

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.

Is there a difference in context if the world leader tweets an apparent threat to start a nuclear war from their personal account instead of their work account? I’m not being facetious; I’d actually like to know.

Also, it’s worth mentioning that I — and many others — are blocked from reading Donald Trump’s tweets. Doesn’t that conflict with Twitter’s desire to make sure discussion doesn’t get “hampered”?

Update: A Twitter spokesperson refused to comment on these questions beyond what was already in their blog post.