It is no secret that President Trump uses Twitter as his primary way to communicate with his constituents. In fact, his consistent use of social media was one of the factors that won him the presidency. He was able to bypass mainstream media and communicate directly with voters.
Now, however, Twitter users are demanding that the social media network bans the president from their platform. While this request is not new, it has recently been heightened after President Trump tweeted specifically about nuclear war, a subject that many people do not believe should be discussed so loosely.
After thousands of social media users messaged and commented to Twitter leaders about the ban, the company finally responded. Now, those users are not pleased with the response.
Twitter Inc. said, "There's been a lot of discussion about political figures and world leaders on Twitter, and we want to share our stance. Twitter is here to serve and help advance the global, public conversation. Elected world leaders play a critical role in that conversation because of their outsized impact on our society."
"Blocking a world leader from Twitter or removing their controversial Tweets, would hide important information people should be able to see and debate," they continued. "It would also not silence that leader, but it would certainly hamper necessary discussion around their words and actions."
They continued, "We review Tweets by leaders within the political context that defines them, and enforce our rules accordingly. No one person's account drives Twitter's growth, or influences these decisions. We work hard to remain unbiased with the public interest in mind."
"We are working to make Twitter the best place to see and freely discuss everything that matters," they concluded. "We believe that's the best way to help our society make progress."
After Twitter released the statement, the users who were calling for the ban became even more enraged. Below are a few of the comments back.
Another user said, "If I threaten to blow up a country with a nuclear weapon, YOU BAN ME. I don't even HAVE a nuclear weapon. @realDonaldTrump DOES. #BanTrump"
Meanwhile, many other Twitter users are saying that banning a sitting president from social media would never happen and that it is a positive thing that we have access to the thoughts and details of the White House. The back and forth comments have been escalating and people have extremely strong opinions on either side.
What do you think about this? Do you think that world leaders should have access to social media or should they be monitored? Let us know! In other recent news, Queen Elizabeth just reacted to the news of another royal baby on the way!