Twitter firms grip on Trump's tweeting leash as he exits the White House

9th November 2020

Joe Biden and running mate Kamala Harris have taken US election victory against Donald Trump, and major changes are following the election result.

On the corridors of Twitter, the change will come from how the social media app handles Trump's posts.

To elaborate, according to The South African, Twitter affords world leaders, and certain other prominent leaders, a degree of grace regarding the restrictions placed on tweets with disputed or uncertain content that could be seen as misinformation.

According to Twitter, tweets that violate its rules are generally flagged and acted upon.

"However, we recognize that sometimes it may be in the public interest to allow people to view Tweets that would otherwise be taken down. We consider content to be in the public interest if it directly contributes to understanding or discussion of a matter of public concern.'

"At present, we limit exceptions to one critical type of public-interest content—Tweets from elected and government officials—given the significant public interest in knowing and being able to discuss their actions and statements.'

"As a result, in rare instances, we may choose to leave up a Tweet from an elected or government official that would otherwise be taken down. Instead we will place it behind a notice providing context about the rule violation that allows people to click through to see the Tweet," read a statement from the social media giant.

During the days leading up to, and shortly after the election, Twitter has exercised its change in mindset with Trump, and other members of his administration, seeing their tweets hidden behind the disclaimer that their content could be misinformation or inflammatory.

Trump is also set to lose access to accounts such as @WhiteHouse, @POTUS, and @FLOTUS as the handles are transferred to a new administration after an outgoing president steps down.

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