Trump will lose special Twitter protections in January

Trump will lose special Twitter protections in January

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U.S. President Donald Trump will be subject to the same Twitter Inc rules as any other user when President-elect Joe Biden takes office on Jan. 20, the social media company confirmed this week.

Twitter has placed “public interest” notices on some tweets from “world leaders” that violate the rules, otherwise these notices will be deleted. Instead, such tweets from political candidates, elected or government officials were warned to hide, and Twitter took action to limit its influence.

But the company said that this treatment does not apply to former office employees.

“This policy framework applies to current world leaders and candidates for office, and not private citizens when they no longer hold these positions,” a Twitter spokesman said in a statement.

It has added multiple warnings and labels to tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account, including many since Tuesday’s election that made unfounded allegations of voting fraud. It first hid one of his tweets behind a “public interest” label in May when the president violated the company’s policy against glorifying violence.

According to Facebook Inc.’s policy, it seems that after Biden takes office in January, Trump’s posts will no longer be exempted from review by Facebook’s third-party fact-checking partners.

Facebook’s online policy says that it defines politicians whose positions are exempt from fact checking. They are candidates for running for public office, current public officials and many of their cabinet appointees, and political parties and their leaders.

It said: “Our third-party fact-checking program continues to cover former office candidates or former officials.”

Facebook did not answer Reuters’ questions about how to treat Trump’s account.

Biden’s victory in the Pennsylvania election on Saturday brought the Democratic presidential candidate to the threshold of 270 electoral college votes required to run for president. Republican Trump did not admit it and vowed to challenge the result in court.

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