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Just days after President Trump's tweets antagonized a foreign adversary over who would be first to start nuclear war, Twitter has addressed calls for the company to ban the chatty, often bellicose US president.

Trump, who has exchanged a series of threats and insults with the Pyongyang regime since previous year, tweeted late Tuesday that he, too, has a "nuclear button" that is "much bigger and more powerful" than the one North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has.

Twitter had already said in September that "newsworthiness" and whether a tweet is "of public interest" are among the factors it considers before removing an account or a tweet.

Since Trump rode Twitter all the way to the presidency, the social media company has fielded calls to strip Trump of his social-media megaphone.

Shortly after users reported the tweet, Twitter responded, confirming Trump's tweet did not violate the platform's rules against abusive behavior.

The company said that it does review tweets by world leaders and enforces its rules accordingly, leaving open the possibility that it could take down some material posted by them.


Twitter said then that it considered the president's tweet "newsworthy".

On Tuesday, the USA president Tweeted about his "nuclear button", saying his is "a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!"

Reaffirming its somewhat unclear terms of service, Twitter said that world leaders are effectively above being blocked from the service because their tweets are "important information people should be able to see and debate". The company also introduced new policies last month that specifically exempted "military or government" groups from its policies prohibiting accounts that "use or promote violence against civilians to further their causes".

"There's been a lot of discussion about political figures and world leaders on Twitter, and we want to share our stance", the statement reads.

"No one person's account drives Twitter's growth, or influences these decisions", Twitter said.

"It's a running joke [in the West Wing] that nuclear war could start from the private residence during Fox [News] primetime", one senior Trump aide told The Daily Beast.


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