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Trump’s tweet raising the prospect of nuclear war with North Korea isn’t in violation of Twitter’s guidelines, the company says, and will remain online. In the tweet, Trump boasted that his “Nuclear Button” is “much bigger” and “more powerful” than the one belonging to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un – a combative and childish taunt that raises serious questions about Trump’s fitness for office, as well as to what extent Twitter is complicit in allowing him to publish threats of this nature to its platform.
The tweet today has around 353,000 “Likes” on Twitter – which makes it one of the most-engaged with tweets in recent days, including Trump’s year-end tweet wishing everyone – “even Fake News Media” – a Happy New Year. That tweet had neared 200,000 Likes, while another Fake News-related tweet the day prior had topped 200,000.
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The Like count doesn’t necessarily indicate endorsement, of course. People tend to use the Like button as a bookmarking feature, in many cases – especially when needing to reference a notable tweet like this.
A number of users reported the tweet to Twitter, with the expectation that threatening a war one is capable of starting should violate Twitter’s revised Terms of Service, given the company’s recent crackdown on violent threats.
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Twitter, in December, began enforcing new rules around violent and hateful content posted to its platform, as part of the company’s broader agenda to craft new policies aimed at reducing the amount of online abuse, hate speech, violent threats, and harassment associated with its service.
Specifically, Twitter’s rule about violent threats, reads as follows:
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Twitter Rules: 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.
We want Twitter to be a place where people feel safe to freely express themselves....
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