Twitter Seeks out Public Opinion on New Rules for world leaders
Changes to Come Following Trump’s Treacherous Tweets
A pattern of disrespectful behavior lead to Twitter’s permanent suspension of former President Trump’s account in early January. These measures were by far the most extensive punishment that any social media platform has ever taken against Trump, who had used his Twitter account to announce White House policy, barrage rivals and spread misinformation.
This felt like a long time coming. For years, Twitter stood by his account, despite constant pressure from critics calling to limit the dissemination of Trump’s falsehood-fortified tweets. Yet, in the aftermath of the violent riots that stormed the Capitol, the social media company finally put their foot down.
“After close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them — specifically how they are being received and interpreted on and off Twitter — we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence,” the company said in a statement.
Now the social media company needs to re-visit and clarify their guidelines and rules, which they hope to do with the help of the people.
In a statement issued March 18. entitled Calling for public input on our approach to world leaders the platform said, “Politicians and government officials are constantly evolving how they use our service, and we want our policies to remain relevant to the ever-changing nature of political discourse on Twitter and protect the health of the public conversation. That’s why we’re reviewing our approach to world leaders and seeking your input.”
Twitter has sought public opinion on whether or not world leaders should be subject to the same rules as others on Twitter, and, should a world leader violate a rule, what kind of penalization is appropriate.
Within this effort, starting from today, Twitter is seeking responses to a public survey that would help shape the development of their policy framework.
The questionnaire will be available in 17 languages, including Arabic, Chinese, English, Farsi, French, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, and Urdu. It will close on Monday, April 12 at 5 p.m. PT.
With the transition from Trump to President Joe Biden, some confer that major platforms have been re-energized by the shift in political power. This suggests the potential for a clear change in approach to social media regulation and enforcement, perhaps re-defining their policies to align better with the new administration.