'No More Protection': Aside From This, Twitter CEO Thinks They Treated Trump Fairly As President

Written By BlabberBuzz | Thursday, 19 November 2020 07:40

Jack Dorsey on yesterday said that Donald Trump's tweets will no longer be protected once he's out of office and suggested he could be booted from the platform come January. The problem is the amount of Money made on trump tweets, retweets and the comments he attracts is something the social media giant can not afford to lose.

'We do have a policy around public interest where for global leaders we do make exceptions in terms of whether – if a tweet violates our terms of service, we leave it up,' Dorsey explained a policy that differs between normal users and the president.

'So, if an account becomes – is not a world leader anymore, that particular policy goes away,' he said while being questioned at a Senate Judiciary hearing on social media transparency on Tuesday.

Dorsey explained during his line of question with Democratic Senator Mazie Hirono that world leaders' tweets are left up, even if they violate Twitter's terms of service, but that the sharing capabilities are limited.

'Will he still get to use your platforms to spread disinformation?' Hirono asked.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who was also called to answer questions related to Big Tech's handling of information, revealed his website also has somewhat of a different handling of accounts for politicians when compared to the general public.

'In terms of President Trump and moving forward, there are a small number of policies where we have exceptions for politicians under the principle that people should be able to hear what their elected officials are saying – and candidates for office,' he said.

Zuckerberg, however, said that there are no exceptions to their rules for world leaders or other politicians.

The Facebook boss also came under fire for dodging questions.

Many times, Zuckerberg responded to senators by saying he either could not recall a particular instance or would have to get back to the members of the panel regarding a specific inquiry.

'Mark Zuckerberg under oath to me today: I don't know, I can't recall, I don't remember, I'll follow up later, let me get back to you,' Missouri's Republican Senator Josh Hawley lamented on Twitter.

Dorsey also revealed Tuesday that Twitter flagged 300,000 tweets in an effort to combat disinformation in the days surrounding the presidential election this year.

'More than a year ago, the public asked us to provide additional context to help make potentially misleading information more apartment. We did exactly that, applying labels to over 300,000 tweets from October 27-November 11, which represented about .2 percent of U.S. elected-related tweets,' Dorsey said during a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday. Of the flagged tweets, 456 were also covered by a warning message and limited in sharing capabilities.

'We applied labels to add context and limit the risk of harmful election misinformation spreading without important context, because the public told us they wanted us to take these steps,' he added in his opening remarks.

Social Media's biggest giants again headed to Capitol Hill – virtually – on Tuesday to testify and face questions on Section 230 as Republicans lament Facebook and Twitter engage in selective censorship of conservative voices.

'Section 230 as it exists today has got to give,' Graham said, adding, 'change is going to come.'

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