Twitter has published its rules for world leaders, including what types of tweets won't be allowed

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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey.

  • Twitter has published its moderation policies for world leaders.
  • The post from Twitter doesn't discuss the actions of any specific world leader, but the company said it wanted to better explain why it makes moderation decisions when reviewing controversial posts from political figures.
  • "The actions we take and policies we develop will set precedent around online speech and we owe it to the people we serve to be deliberate and considered in what we do," Twitter said.
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Twitter has revealed its moderation policies for world leaders in a new blog post.

The post from Twitter doesn't discuss the actions of any specific world leader, but the company said it wanted to better explain why it makes moderation decisions when reviewing controversial posts from political figures.

"When it comes to the actions of world leaders on Twitter, we recognize that this is largely new ground and unprecedented," Twitter said in a blog post. "We understand the desire for our decisions to be 'yes/no' binaries, but it's not that simple. The actions we take and policies we develop will set precedent around online speech and we owe it to the people we serve to be deliberate and considered in what we do."

Twitter said the following types of tweets will lead to enforcement, regardless of who is making the posts:

  • Promotion of terrorism
  • Clear and direct threats of violence against an individual (context matters: as noted above, direct interactions with fellow public figures and/or commentary on political and foreign policy issues would likely not result in enforcement)
  • Posting private information, such as a home address or non-public personal phone number
  • Posting or sharing intimate photos or videos of someone that were produced or distributed without their consent
  • Engaging in behaviors relating to child sexual exploitation
  • Encouraging or promoting self-harm.

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