Twitter Should Ban Trump for Using Its Service to Threaten 25 Million Lives

Yesterday, Trump took to Twitter to (once again) threaten the lives of 25.37 million people.

Trump previously threatened to “totally destroy” the entire country of North Korea using nuclear weapons, but that was at his first speech at the United Nations. Now, he has taken his genocidal threats to Twitter’s private platform, violating their terms of service.

This isn't the first time.
Trump once again threatens to exterminate an entire country via Twitter.

Trump’s Twitter post, in which he doubles down on comments he has made calling North Korea’s leader “Rocket Man” and threatening the country’s total destruction, is a clear violation of at least two sections of the company’s terms of service:

Violent threats (direct or indirect): You may not make threats of violence or promote violence, including threatening or promoting terrorism.

Hateful conduct: You may not promote violence against or directly attack or threaten other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or disease. We also do not allow accounts whose primary purpose is inciting harm towards others on the basis of these categories.

What he is engaging in cannot be distinguished from the “Abusive Behavior” outlined in Twitter’s TOS. He is making (often indirect) threats of violence toward innocent civilians in North Korea, based on his differences (or perhaps similarities) with their dictator, and endangering all of our lives in the process. He is also promoting violence based on national origin, which is explicitly against Twitter’s rules. None of this can be denied.

This isn’t the first time Trump has made similar comments on Twitter – in fact he is quick to threaten war and has often retweeted images promoting violence against Hillary Clinton and members of the media – but it should be the last time. Twitter won’t tolerate this type of behavior from normal, everyday users and it definitely shouldn’t be giving Trump special treatment.

The fact that this has continued for so long shows that people aren’t reporting the violations, or that Twitter doesn’t care. I say we remove all doubt.

I suggest we all go to Trump’s most recent post threatening violence, and click “report tweet.” From there, we mark the tweet as “abusive or harmful” and click the “threatening violence or physical harm button.” Lastly, note that the tweet is targeting “someone else.” I have already done this, and I’m waiting to hear back from Twitter.

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