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On January 20, Trump Will Lose His Twitter Protections (Mother Jones)

WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 10: U.S. President Donald Trump walks up to speak during a news conference at the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House August 10, 2020 in Washington, DC. President Trump tweeted earlier today that he will accept the Republican presidential nomination on August 27 either at the Civil War battlefield in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, or at the White House. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

On January 20, Trump Will Lose His Twitter Protections – By Pema Levy (Mother Jones) / Nov 17 2020

After four years of enabling misinformation, the company’s CEO previews new rules for the post-presidency

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Twitter has long been one of President Donald Trump’s biggest megaphones for spouting disinformation, yet the social media platform has been unwilling to aggressively censor the sitting president. So what will happen when Trump is no longer in office?

Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) put the question to Jack Dorsey, the company’s CEO, at a Tuesday Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. “What are each of you prepared to do regarding Donald Trump’s use of your platforms after he stops being president?” she asked both Dorsey and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. “Will he still be deemed newsworthy, and will he still get to use your platforms to spread his misinformation?”

Dorsey answered by first explaining the company’s existing policy, and how it can allow elected officials to make posts that would otherwise violate the company’s rules.

“We do have a policy around public interest where, for global leaders, we do make exceptions in terms of if a tweet violates our terms of service. We leave it up, but we leave it up behind an interstitial and people are not allowed to share that more broadly,” Dorsey responded.

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