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Twitter Could Ban Donald Trump If He Loses The US Election

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Twitter Could Ban Donald Trump If He Loses The US Election

Twitter could be forced to get rid of Donald Trump's account if - as is widely predicted - he doesn't win the 2020 US Presidential Election.

Trump is a prolific tweeter, but in recent times the social media platform has been branding some of his posts as 'misleading' or 'disputed' as he claims that he and his campaign have been the victim of electoral fraud.

The President has repeatedly violated a Twitter policy that prohibits users from interfering in elections. That Civic Integrity Process asserts that any Twitter user 'may not use Twitter's services for the purpose of manipulating or interfering in elections or other civic processes.'

However, up until now, he's qualified for exemption from some of the rules that others have to abide by, simply because he is the President of the United States of America.

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If he were to lose that position, which - as we've said - is looking increasingly likely, his account would fall outside of the 'world leader' exemption and outside Twitter's terms of public interest.

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Credit: Twitter

That could see them disable his account, in the way that they've done for people like David Icke, Katie Hopkins, and Graham Linehan, for various reasons.

As it stands, Trump's tweets that contain completely unsubstantiated claims about electoral fraud and the Democratic Party attempting to 'steal the election' have not been removed, just marked with flags suggesting that they could contain disputed or misleading content.

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However, they remain because of the policy regarding public interest.

That only applies if an account meets three criteria. To be considered, the user must have more than 100,000 followers, be a verified account, and perform some kind of governmental or elected role.

Once he's gone from the White House, that will put Trump's account into serious jeopardy.

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A spokesperson for Twitter told Business Insider: "A critical function of our service is providing a place where people can openly and publicly respond to their leaders and hold them accountable.

"With this in mind, there are certain cases where it may be in the public's interest to have access to certain Tweets, even if they would otherwise be in violation of our rules."

As we stand now, Biden needs only a handful more Electoral College votes to get across the 270 mark that would see him win a majority.

Votes are still being counted in several key states like Arizona, Pennsylvania, Georgia, and Nevada, but Biden is looking the most likely to get across the line.

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Topics: World News, US Politics, US News, Twitter, Donald Trump, Politics

Tom Wood
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