Twitter has been a longtime podium for President Donald Trump, going back to his account’s creation in 2009, a period when the social media site was just three years young but astronomically gaining more and more mainstream traction. However, when President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in as president on January 20, Trump’s account will lose certain protections Twitter has granted him for the past four years as a world leader.
The social media giant has policies that it applies to currently serving world leaders and some other officials, which gives them leeway with tweets of theirs that would otherwise violate the website’s content policy if they were regular Twitter users. Instead of removing the policy-violating tweets and content, the company leaves it on its site if there’s “a clear public interest value to keeping the tweet on the service.”
News officially broke that Twitter, while not saying Trump’s name or job title explicitly, would rescind its special treatment of world leaders once they no longer hold their positions and become private citizens, a Twitter spokesperson told The Verge in a November 7 report.
“Twitter’s approach to world leaders, candidates, and public officials is based on the principle that people should be able to choose to see what their leaders are saying with clear context. This means that we may apply warnings and labels, and limit engagement to certain tweets. This policy framework applies to current world leaders and candidates for office, and not private citizens when they no longer hold these positions,” the spokesperson confirmed to the online technology publication.
At a November 17 congressional hearing, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey confirmed that the account of a given world leader, once they are no longer in power, would not be subject to this policy, saying, “If an account suddenly is not a world leader anymore, that particular policy goes away”.
Trump undeniably changed the entire political game with his use of Twitter in 2015 and 2016, with commentators and outlets, such as Vox, remarking at the time that he had “weaponized Twitter — with dangerous consequences“.
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House Republicans Subpoena DOJ for Records of Biden’s Interview with Special Counsel
Special Counsel Robert Hur determined that President Joe Biden not only mishandled classified documents, but he also declined to press charges against him because his advanced age and declining memory would influence a potential jury.
“Mr. Biden will likely present himself to the jury, as he did during his interview with our office, as a sympathetic, well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory,” Hur wrote.
House Republicans have subpoenaed the Department of Justice (DOJ) for the interview transcripts, audio, notes and video files from Hur’s interview with Biden which transpired during the investigation.
“The Committees further seek to understand whether the White House or President Biden’s personal attorneys placed any limitations or scoping restrictions during the interviews with Special Counsel Hur or Mr. Mark Zwonitzer precluding or addressing any potential statements directly linking President Biden to troublesome foreign payments,” the lawmakers said in a subpoena cover letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland.
“Special Counsel Hur’s report outlined that classified documents Joe Biden stashed for years relate to countries where his family cashed in on the Biden brand. We owe it to the American people to provide transparency and accountability about the extent of Joe Biden retaining sensitive materials and the concerns raised about his current mental state and fitness to be President of the United States,” Comer said in a statement. Comer, Jordan and Ways and Means Committee Chairman Jason Smith (R., Mo.) are leading the impeachment inquiry.
“Special Counsel Robert Hur’s investigation into President Biden’s mishandling of classified documents made two things clear: there’s a double standard of justice in this country and Joe Biden isn’t fit for office. The transcripts and materials from his investigation are critical to our oversight work,” Jordan stated.
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