Twitter may have finally found a way to combat Donald Trump 8217 ; s constant flouting of the site 8217 ; s rules , without resorting to deleting his tweets . The company is adding a new label to offending tweets from political and world leaders , which will call out the content as 8216 ; abusive behaviour 8217 ;. The solution , which will hide the tweet from view initially , will be applied when Twitter decides that deleting the tweet is not in the public interest .
In these instances , the tweet will only become visible if users decide they want to click through and read what The Donald and his ilk have to say . Already being dubbed 8216 ; The Trump Rule 8217 ;, the new label will read : 8220 ; The Twitter Rules about abusive behaviour apply to this Tweet . However , Twitter has determined that it may be in the public ’ s interest for the Tweet to remain available . 8221 ;
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Twitter has often faced criticism over the perceived hypocrisy of allowing the US president to insult rivals and allegedly incite hatred without censure , while mere mortals face account suspensions for similar offences .
The new label could suit all parties and enable Twitter to say it is doing something while maintaining free speech and avoiding accusations of censorship from Trump advocates .
The rule applies to verified individuals with more than 10 , 000 followers , who must 8220 ; be or represent a government official , be running for public office , or be considered for a government position ( i . e ., next in line , awaiting confirmation , named successor to an appointed position ). 8221 ;
So yeah . Trump .
In a blog post , Twitter said that rule flouting that doesn 8217 ; t serve the public interest will be treated more severely .
8220 ; There are cases , such as direct threats of violence or calls to commit violence against an individual , that are unlikely to be considered in the public interest , 8221 ; the company said .
Consider that a warning , Don . Even if you do have 8220 ; the best words 8221 ; Twitter 8217 ; s gonna hide them if you don 8217 ; t learn to behave yourself .
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