Is Twitter about to ban Donald Trump?

Facebook on the other hand has already indicated that it would not ban Trump even if he broke the site’s rules


News Desk December 03, 2016
President-elect Donald Trump speaks during a stop at US Bank Arena on December 1, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio. PHOTO: AFP

United States President-elect Donald Trump could be banned from Twitter, the social network has said.

While the micro-blogging website has suggested that it will shut down the account of the president-elect if he flouts its rules, the social media giant, Facebook, on the other hand said it will allow the incoming president to break the rules and stay on the service.

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Twitter said it would ban the New Yorker from using the service if he explicitly made threats or broke the site’s rules in other ways, according to The Independent. “The Twitter Rules prohibit violent threats, harassment, hateful conduct, and multiple account abuse, and we will take action on accounts violating those policies,” a Twitter spokesperson was quoted as saying.

Asked if the company would ban Trump for expressing such views, the spokespersons clarified that the rule applies to all accounts without exception, including for those that are verified. Trump’s Twitter account has long been a subject of derision and ridicule but the upcoming president said at the debates that he was “not un-proud” of the way he tweets.

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However, Facebook has already indicated that it would not ban Trump even if he broke the site’s rules because “his posts are more newsworthy and well-supported than those posted by normal users”. Trump does run a Facebook account, but its posts tend to be more considered and feature graphics and posts that appear to have been written by his team. Many of Trump’s tweets, however, appear to be more spontaneous, often written at strange hours of the day and apparently posted by the President-elect himself.

This article originally appeared on The Independent

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