After almost 2 years of constant attacks by our Tweeter-in-Chief, the conversation about Donald Trumps behavior on Twitter has drastically changed. Although many people have become accustomed to Trump’s late night attacks against free journalists, politicians, and everyone in between, this latest tirade against Muslim Democratic House member Ilhan Omar seems very different.
What was dismissed by his supporters and the members of his cabinet as just him venting, many people are now calling for Trump’s Twitter account to be banned for harassment and abuse and the argument has serious merits.
People are starting a major campaign to report Trump’s Tirades to the network for abuse, and it’s gaining momentum.
I reported you to @Twitter for abusive / targeted harassment.
— Alice Stollmeyer (@StollmeyerEU) June 29, 2017
Twitter like any other company has rules. Some of those rules apply directly to the tweets one posts and there is a certain expectation that those using Twitter will abide by the terms of service (TOS). President Trump frequently uses Twitter in a way that has become controversial, inflammatory, and hurtful to others. This certainly presents the issue that President Trump may be one of the greatest violators of Twitter’s own terms of services. Under the Twitter Rules section of the social media site, there is a section that details abusive practices. Included in this section is harassment and the rules are as follows.
Harassment: You may not incite or engage in the targeted abuse or harassment of others. Some of the factors that we may consider when evaluating abusive behavior include:
- if a primary purpose of the reported account is to harass or send abusive messages to others;
- if the reported behavior is one-sided or includes threats;
- if the reported account is inciting others to harass another account; and
- if the reported account is sending harassing messages to an account from multiple accounts.
Whether Twitter agrees that President Trump’s tweets violate the terms of service is one thing, but there is no question that many people would like to see Trump’s Twitter account banned. The Washington Post wrote an opinion piece back in November 2016, and cries for a Trump Twitter ban have since increased. In fact, so many people have called for a Trump Twitter ban that there is even a Twitter moment about it.
With Donald Trump’s history of using Twitter to attack people, journalists, politicians, and those who disagree with his political ideas, do you think it’s time Twitter bans POTUS from the social media network? Do you think Trump’s tweets cross a line or are they an example of free speech? Do you feel that President Trump crosses a line when he engages in misogynistic, crude, and hateful comments? With President Trump’s penchant for disparaging tweets geared towards women that are based upon physical appearance, do you think Trump is violating Twitter’s harassment rules?
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