The North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Long Ho has described President Trump’s weekend tweet as a declaration of war. And Twitter has declared that it won’t take down the controversial message. On September 23rd, the president tweeted, “Just heard Foreign Minister of North Korea speak at U.N. If he echoes thoughts of Little Rocket Man, they won’t be around much longer!”
Trump has used the phrase “Little Rocket Man” to describe North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un. On Monday the Foreign Minister of North Korea said:
“Since the United States declared war on our country, we will have every right to make all self-defensive counter measures, including the right to shoot down the United States strategic bombers at any time even when they are not yet inside the aerospace border of our country.”
Sarah Sanders, the White House press secretary, denies that the U.S. has declared war on North Korea. “Frankly, the suggestion of that is absurd,” she said on Monday.
Twitter has faced questions and even criticism about Trump’s tweet with some users asking why the company hasn’t taken down the tweet because it violates company rules. According to Twitter’s own rules, it can suspend an account that engages in violent threats; attacks on people based on race, religion, gender and more; or “targeted abuse or harassment of others.”
Twitter responded to the criticism in a six-tweet response saying that when it considers removing a tweet, one of the issues it takes into consideration is the newsworthiness and public interest of the post. The company also said they are “committed to transparency and keeping people informed about what’s happening in the world.”
“This has long been internal policy and we’ll soon update our public-facing rules to reflect it. We need to do better on this, and will,” Twitter said in its response.
Twitter is facing increasing criticism over how it handles tweets from President Trump that many consider offensive. The company is maintaining that it holds all account holders to the same rules, and is consistently trying to stop harassment and hate speech on its social media platform.
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