Twitter develops special posting rules for world leaders

Twitter develops special posting rules for world leaders

The social network has launched a survey of users around the world about new rules for prominent politicians

Twitter on Friday began a global survey of users about special rules of conduct on the online platform for world leaders. Along with this, the social network is consulting with human rights experts and academics about its policies.

Twitter, like many other social networks, shut down former U.S. President Donald Trump’s account because of comments he made that were seen as inciting an attack on the Capitol in early January. Trump supporters criticized the measures, while opponents of the former president said Twitter should have imposed restrictions on Trump even earlier despite the social network previously declaring complete freedom of action for world leaders.

“Politicians and government officials are constantly changing the way we use our services, and we want our policies to remain relevant to the ever-changing nature of political discourse on Twitter, protecting healthy public dialogue,” Twitter said in a statement posted on its corporate blog.

“That’s why we are reviewing our approach to (publishing) world leaders and are waiting for your input,” the company added.

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The Twitter user survey will run in 14 languages from now until April 12.

“We want to hear from the public whether they think world leaders should be subject to the same rules as other Twitter users. And, if a world leader breaks the rule, what type of enforcement action would be appropriate against them,” the statement said, “We are also consulting with a number of human rights experts, civil society advocacy organizations, and academics around the world whose views will be reflected in our upcoming policy changes.