It's not hard to understand why a bunch of people want President Donald Trump to disappear from Twitter completely. The man has acquired a habit of furiously tweeting about subjects he's often not well-versed on.
People often tweet their opinions on things they might not fully understand, sure. That happens all the time, but this is the president we're talking about. Anything he says is powerful in and of itself. Even a simple 280-character statement might have dangerous repercussions for America.
Requesting Twitter To Ban Donald Trump Is Useless
Despite people's repeated requests to have Trump banned from Twitter, the company has refuted by saying that because he's the president, all his tweets are newsworthy, and in Twitter's guidelines, newsworthy tweets shouldn't be censored. It reiterated that point once more in a blog post published Friday, Jan. 5.
In it, Twitter explains why it's crucial for elected officials and world leaders to remain using the service regularly.
"Blocking a world leader from Twitter or removing their controversial Tweets, would hide important information people should be able to see and debate," wrote Twitter.
"We review Tweets by leaders within the political context that defines them, and enforce our rules accordingly," said Twitter, notably not mentioning Trump at all. It doesn't need to, though. He's the only world leader currently embroiled in this situation at all.
Trump's Tweet To Kim Jong-un
Earlier this week in San Francisco, California, protesters gathered around Twitter's headquarters and projected the message "Be a Hero: Ban Trump" on the building. Why? On Tuesday, Jan. 2, Trump published a tweet that was seemingly threatening North Korea's dangerous dictator, Kim Jong-un.
"I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one, and my button works!" tweeted Trump.
Many people considered this as an official threat of violence and worried that it might incite and trigger Kim Jong-un from doing something harmful to the country. Many were sure that the said tweet was the one that'll finally get Trump's account suspended, but it wasn't.
So there you have it, folks. As long as he's president, Trump will never be banned from Twitter because anything he says is newsworthy and therefore should be seen by the public. Paradoxical as it seems, this might actually be a better setup because it puts Trump's thoughts in public light. Banning him won't really do anything to prevent him from angering dangerous political figures such as Kim Jong-un, as Slate opined. He'd just find some other way to do it.