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Here's why Twitter says it won't block world leaders

Twitter said in September that 'newsworthiness' is among the factors it considers before removing an account or a tweet

David Ingram | Reuters  |  San Francisco 

Twitter on Friday reiterated its stance that accounts belonging to world leaders have special status on the social media network, pushing back against users who have called on the company to banish US President Donald Trump. “Blocking a world leader from Twitter or removing their controversial Tweets would hide important information people should be able to see and debate,” Twitter said in a post on a corporate blog. Twitter had already said in September that “newsworthiness” and whether a tweet is “of public interest” are among the factors it ...

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First Published: Sun, January 07 2018. 00:13 IST