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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