Twitter responded to a new round of complaints about
President Donald Trump’s tweets on North Korea
Users on the social-media platform called out Trump’s
musings about a so-called nuclear button on his desk.
Trump was responding to new rhetoric from the North
Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who on New Year’s Day claimed that
he had a “nuclear button” while implying he was prepared to
strike the US.
Twitter said that President Donald Trump’s
latest provocative tweets toward the North Korean leader Kim
Jong Un do not violate its terms of service.
The social-media platform was responding to complaints and
inquiries on Tuesday night following Trump’s tweets in which he
claimed he had a “nuclear button” that is “bigger and more
powerful” than Kim Jong Un’s.
Trump was responding to claims the North Korean leader made on
New Year’s Day,
in which Kim said, “The entire United States is within range
of our nuclear weapons, and a nuclear button is always on my
desk. This is reality, not a threat.”
The president’s tweets caused some alarm and prompted some
Twitter users to make a show of reporting the tweets directly to
Twiter and its CEO, Jack Dorsey. A Twitter spokesperson said in a
statement Tuesday night that Trump’s North Korea tweets do not
amount to a “specific threat,” and thus do not warrant
The spokesperson pointed to Twitter’s policy on
violent threats and glorification of violence: “You may not
make specific threats of violence or wish for the serious
physical harm, death, or disease of an individual or group of
people,” the rule states.
It is not the first time the question has been raised about
whether Trump’s Twitter account should be — or can be —
suspended. As noted by Business Insider’s Steve Kovach last
month, Twitter’s new abuse policy
seemingly exempts Trump from punishment on the platform.
states: “This policy does not apply to military or government
entities and we will consider exceptions for groups that are
currently engaging in (or have engaged in) peaceful resolution.”
But that explanation apparently did not stop people from taking
their gripes directly to Twitter. Images surfaced late Tuesday
night appearing to show the text, “Ban @realDonaldTrump,” and
“@jack is #complicit” projected onto the facade of Twitter’s
headquarters in San Francisco.