What you need to know
- Twitter has posted an article clarifying its approach to dealing with world leaders on Twitter.
- Says it recognises that "this is largely new ground and unprecedented".
- Says that world leaders "are not above" policies, but will err on the side of leaving content up if it serves the public interest.
Twitter has taken to its blog to try and clarify its approach to world leaders on Twitter, in particular how it assesses Tweets from those world leaders, and how it makes the decision to remove (or not) content from Twitter.
The blog post is offered in the context of the ongoing "meaningful public conversation" about Tweets from world leaders, ground which Twitter describes as "largely new" and "unprecedented':
The article goes on to outline the approach Twitter takes to the subject, starting with the view that Twitter is a place where people can partake in public conversation and get informed about the world around them. Twitter also states that Tweets from world leaders are assessed against the same set of Twitter Rules that everyone else has to abide by, these rules are designed to promote free and safe public conversation. With regards to interpreting tweets from world leaders:
Twitter goes on to state that accounts of world leaders "are not above our policies entirely," and it goes on to provide a list of violations that might result in action being taken regardless of who posted it. These are:
According to the report, in any other cases involving a world leader, Twitter will err on the side of leaving the content up if there is "a clear public interest to do so." It does however highlight that this is an ever-evolving situation:
So there you have it, world leaders on Twitter are judged against the same set of rules as everyone else on Twitter. The only difference it seems is that Twitter clearly believes there are scenarios where even if a world leader oversteps Twitter's boundaries, it is in the public interest to leave a tweet public so that leaders can be held accountable. Only in very serious scenarios would Twitter take action against a world leader, as it would any other account using the service.
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