In a recent statement, Twitter officials revealed that the company may include a type of warning label on certain “offensive” tweets coming from President Trump and other politicians, which were in violation of company’s terms of service.
While acknowledging that tweets from the president and other figures have been allowed to remain on the website, despite having violated the rules, Twitter’s head of legal, policy, and trust and safety, Vijaya Gadde, said they were allowed due to being “newsworthy.”
However, Gadde stated the company has considered marking such tweets with an explanation as to why they were not deleted for having violated the rules.
President Trump has frequently admonished Twitter, and has repeatedly claimed that Republicans and conservatives are subjected to bias.
Power mad liberals won’t be satisfied until they kick all of us off social media. Now they’re even targeting @realDonaldTrump! Talk about collusion! It’s pure political manipulation, and they should be investigated.
— Brent Bozell (@BrentBozell) March 28, 2019
From The Hill:
Vijaya Gadde, Twitter’s head of legal, policy, and trust and safety, at a Washington Post event on Wednesday said the company might start annotating offensive tweets from public figures with a message about why they remain up.
Twitter has long held that some posts from public figures should remain up because they are “newsworthy,” even when they violate Twitter guidelines.
“One of the things we’re working really closely on with our product and engineering folks is, ‘How can we label that?’” Gadde said during the Post event. “How can we put some context around it so people are aware that that content is actually a violation of our rules and it is serving a particular purpose in remaining on the platform?”
Gadde was responding to a question about whether Trump is allowed to say whatever he wants on Twitter.
“When we leave that content on the platform there’s no context around that and it just lives on Twitter and people can see it and they just assume that is the type of content or behavior that’s allowed by our rules,” Gadde said.
Twitter’s policies dictate that tweets from politicians are important to public debate.
Trump has used his Twitter account to insult and berate his foes, including news organizations, Democrats, actors and more, raising questions from critics about why Twitter does not step in.
Gadde said the newsworthiness clause does not protect all tweets from a public figure.