Twitter Responds to Calls to Suspend Trump

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The statement followed renewed calls to ban President Donald Trump from the platform after he tweeted about his "Nuclear Button."

Twitter has issued a statement arguing against the ban of world leaders from its platform amid rising calls to punish President Donald Trump for certain tweets.

"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," the company wrote in a statement Friday. "Blocking a world leader from Twitter or removing their controversial Tweets, would hide important information people should be able to see and debate. It would also not silence that leader, but it would certainly hamper necessary discussion around their words and actions."

Twitter's statement added that the company reviews tweets by world leaders "within the political context that defines them" and that it "enforce[s] our rules accordingly." The company wrote that a leader's popularity or following on the platform does not influence its decisions and that the company does its best to "remain unbiased" in its review of users.

Calls to ban Trump from the platform have been renewed following the president's tweet on Monday, seemingly responding to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's claim in his New Year's speech that he had a nuclear button on his desk.

"Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!" tweeted Trump.

Several Twitter users tweeted directly at the company, demanding that the president be suspended or banned, as they believed his tweets violated Twitter's terms of service.

Read the full statement from Twitter below.

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. It would also not silence that leader, but it would certainly hamper necessary discussion around their words and actions.

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. We believe that’s the best way to help our society make progress.