Twitter Explains Its Approach to Tweets by World Leaders

The social network will err on the side of allowing content when there is clear public interest value

Twitter provided an update on its principles and approach to controversial tweets by world leaders, but its update was more of a blanket response to future decisions, as no actual policy changes were implemented.

The social network said in a blog post that while yes-or-no binaries represent the ideal situation, these issues are often far more complex, and every decision it makes starts with enabling people to participate in the public conversation.

Twitter added that tweets by world leaders are assessed against the Twitter rules, the same way tweets from other sources are, and it focuses on the language of reported tweets, and not on potential interpretations of the content or its intent.

The social network clarified that content such as direct interactions with fellow public figures, comments on political issues or “foreign policy saber-rattling on economic or military issues” generally does not violate the Twitter rules.




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