Without mentioning President Donald Trump by name, Twitter on Friday said it won’t block or remove tweets from “world leaders.” The social media company posted a blog following pressure it’s received to remove incendiary tweets from Trump.
“Blocking a world leader from Twitter or removing their controversial Tweets, would hide important information people should be able to see and debate,” the company wrote in the post. “It would also not silence that leader, but it would certainly hamper necessary discussion around their words and actions.
Twitter didn’t define which world leaders’ tweets would be protected, though elsewhere in the statement, the company referred to “elected” world leaders.
“We review Tweets by leaders within the political context that defines them, and enforce our rules accordingly,” the company wrote. “No one person’s account drives Twitter’s growth, or influences these decisions. We work hard to remain unbiased with the public interest in mind.”
Public outcry over some of Trump’s tweets, like one about the size of his nuclear button being larger than that of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, has put pressure on the social media company to block the tweets and more specifically define what kind of tweet violates its terms of service. Twitter’s rules prohibit violence, including threats and targeted abusive behavior in tweets.