|Trump will lose a certain Twitter privilege if Biden wins the 2020 election|
New York Post
November 5, 2020
If President Trump loses the election, he will also have to say goodbye to a Twitter privilege that lets world leaders keep up tweets with certain offensive or misleading content, according to a report.
Trump, as president, has benefited from the Twitter policy that flags content that violates the platform’s rules — but does not outright force their deletion, as is the case with ordinary users, Bloomberg reported.
But if Biden wins the election, come January, Trump will fall into the former world leader category, losing the special treatment, the report said.
Since election night, eight of Trump’s tweets have been flagged by the social media giant.
In one such tweet, the president accused his political opponents of trying to “STEAL the Election.” Twitter said that tweet violated their civic integrity policy.
The point of the world leaders policy, according to Bloomberg, is to diminish the spread of the rule-breaking content. Tweets flagged by Twitter can be viewed, but not liked or retweeted without a comment.
A Twitter spokesman explained to Bloomberg in a statement why flagged tweets from world leaders remain accessible on the platform.
“A critical function of our service is providing a place where people can openly and publicly respond to their leaders and hold them accountable,” the spokesman said.
“With this in mind, there are certain cases where it may be in the public’s interest to have access to certain tweets, even if they would otherwise be in violation of our rules.”