On Tuesday, President Trump delivered out his stunning tweet yet, in which he outright threatened nuclear war with North Korea. The threat itself was equally as upsetting as the manner in which it had been conveyed.
The most dangerous weapon in the history of humankind has been wielded for little more than the usual playground-style feud.
What’s more, the President doesn’t have a literal button on his desk to establish a nuclear attack. The practice is much more complex than that, but still, the fact that he was eager to so recklessly wield his power to end all life in the world should frighten every sane person. He tweeted:
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
In the wake of the tweet, revived calls for Twitter to suspend the president account awakened. The social media platform allows Trump to burst whatever kneejerk thought he wants, removing a barrier of contemplation that the famously spontaneous leader so desperately desires.
Twitter has dismissed calls to suspend Trump’s accounts in the past. Now, however, presumably in light of seriously dangerous this tweet has been, the company has issued an official response.
In a statement on their website, Twitter avoids mentioning Trump by title and addresses World Leader in general. The site says that they don’t want to block a specified world leader based on a contentious tweet since it would prevent the world from seeing significant information they can then talk about and debate.
Their central argument appears to be that world leaders are so prominent that they have the right to say whatever they need, however they desire, and also that the social networking website has no right or obligation to censor them.
NBC News tweeted the full statement:
JUST IN: Twitter statement on world leaders’ use of Twitter:
“Blocking a world leader from Twitter or removing their controversial Tweets, would hide important information people should be able to see and debate.” pic.twitter.com/dbst8ugoIP
— NBC News (@NBCNews) January 5, 2018
While Twitter attempts to paint their decision as quantified and the best option available, an individual can not help wonder if there is a more cynical motivation at play.
The president functions as a outrage motor for Twitter, together with huge numbers of people responding either in defense or terror to each and every one of Trump’s inane messages. Donald retains Twitter in the news daily.
If he were suddenly blocked from the website, many users could stop seeing too frequently, and a few might quit seeing in any way. There’s a cold, tough, financial incentive for the company to maintain the president tweeting. Only history will tell if their decision leads to devastating consequences for all.