Twitter is engaging in a back-and-forth rhetorical battle with Democratic Party presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris (Calif.).
Harris has made Trump’s tweets and Twitter account a campaign issue.
According to CNN, Harris wrote a letter to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey calling for Trump’s removal from Twitter. She claimed that the president is using his account to “target” and “harass” the whistleblower at the middle of the Ukraine phone call scandal.
Instead of shutting down Trump’s Twitter account or suspending him, which has been allegedly done to conservatives on the platform in the past, Twitter said Trump’s tweets have a “clear public interest value” as he is a world leader. That policy is designed for public leaders, not solely for Trump.
Twitter did say that it will take action if tweets promote terrorism, promote self-harm, engage in child sexual exploitation, or private information. The company’s blog post said, “We recognize that we’re operating in an increasingly complex and polarized political culture. These are constantly evolving challenges and we’ll keep our policies and approach under advisement.”
Overall, media outlets and networks like CNN have done a fair job in describing the free speech implications of Harris’s proposal. However, the media continued to harp on the allegations that Trump is a racist, he sent racist tweets out, without providing evidence outside of the tweets themselves and not providing context.