TWITTER has defended the decision not to block the accounts of world leaders after Donald Trump used the platform to send inflammatory tweets about North Korea.
The US leader's controversial use of the social media platform has sparked huge debate, with the words "Be a Hero: Ban Trump" recently projected onto the company's HQ this week.
But the network has now addressed the petitions around banning world leaders from the platform – without using Trump's name directly.
They said: "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".
They added: "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."
North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the “Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times.” 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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 3, 2018
….Actually, throughout my life, my two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like, really smart. Crooked Hillary Clinton also played these cards very hard and, as everyone knows, went down in flames. I went from VERY successful businessman, to top T.V. Star…..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2018
It comes after Trump's most recent tweets included a statement hitting out at North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un's claims that he had a nuclear button on his desk "at all times".
Trump hit back, saying: "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!"
The US leader also came under fire for retweeting far right propaganda by Britain First's deputy leader.
Among the series of retweets was a video captioned: "Muslim migrant beats up Dutch boy on crutches."
His tweets were even criticised by Theresa May – who was then herself targeted by Trump who told her: "we are doing just fine!"
Why does Twitter deactivate accounts?
Twitter has a detailed list of rules that, if breached, could result in an account being suspended or deactivated.
According to its Help Centre site, these are the most common reasons:
The US leader has most recently defended his mental state, describing himself as "like, really smart".
He hit back after an explosive account of life at the White House claimed he never intended to enter the Oval Office and his staff believed he was not fit to hold high office.
He had been confronted with many claims after the publication of Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House by Michael Wolff included that he ate cheeseburgers in bed.
Donald Trump's Twitter account was recently deactivated, reportedly by a rogue employee on the last day of the job.
Social media users noticed that the president's personal account, @RealDonaldTrump, was unavailable for a number of minutes.
An error message read that the user "does not exist" before the account was restored.
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