Politico wrote a bizarre article Tuesday in which it defended North Korea from Tweets written by President Donald J. Trump.
“Trump regularly uses Twitter to heap abuse on his perceived enemies and at times raise the specter of violence, such as when he tweeted last year that if North Korean leaders continued with their rhetoric at the time, ‘they won’t be around much longer!’ Critics say the tweets violate Twitter’s terms of service and warrant punitive action,” Politico said.
The odd defense of the murderous dictatorial regime in North Korea was published in the context of Politico’s report that even the President is not immune from being booted from the platform, according to Twitter legal and policy chief Vijaya Gadde and CEO Jack Dorsey.
“We have to balance it with the context that it’s in,” Dorsey said according to Politico. “So my role is to ask questions and make sure we’re being impartial, and we’re upholding consistently our terms of service, including public interest.”
Politico reported that a Trump Tweet directed at the Iranian government was over the line, and that it “prompted calls for his removal from the platform.”
“NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE,” Trump said in a July Tweet directed at Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.
The larger context of the debate is the ongoing censorship of conservative viewpoints by leftist-owned tech giants in Silicon Valley like Facebook, Google and Twitter.
Dorsey is set to testify Wednesday before the House Energy and Commerce committee after an internet backlash over the censorship of conservative ideas on his platform. He was reluctant to testify, but gave in when the committee raised the possibility of a subpoena.
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