Twitter plans to place a disclaimer on future tweets from world leaders that break its rules but which Twitter decides are in the “public interest,” the company said in a blog post Thursday.
This policy change could face its most prominent test in President Trump. Trump has repeatedly tested Twitter’s community standards with his regular tirades on the platform and some of the president’s tweets have run afoul of Twitter’s rules.
Twitter (TWTR) has in the past allowed tweets from Trump and other world leaders to remain online, even though they broke the company’s rules, a Twitter spokesperson confirmed to CNN Business, because it believes the tweets are in the public interest.
Oh, this WILL be fun. Just wait until the first time they flag one of his tweets. The cultists will explode.
Putting a disclaimer on one of @realDonaldTrump‘s tweets would almost certainly bring a firestorm of criticism down on Twitter’s head. Republicans in Washington, including Trump, often claim without real evidence that technology companies are biased against conservatives.
— Donie O’Sullivan (@donie) June 27, 2019
! :Before users can view the language in newly flagged tweets, they will need to click on a screen that says, ‘The Twitter Rules about abusive behavior apply to this Tweet. However, Twitter has determined it may be in the public’s interest for the Tweet to remain available.'” https://t.co/amF41IeEYZ
— Natasha Bertrand (@NatashaBertrand) June 27, 2019