Why Trump’s offensive tweets don’t get him kicked off Twitter


President Trump has called Twitter a “wonderful thing” because it lets him speak directly to the people.

But on numerous occasions, Trump has found a more troubling use for his Twitter (TWTR, Tech30) account: attacking the people he doesn’t like.

The latest incident took place Thursday morning when Trump disparaged Mika Brzezinski, co-host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” in a series of tweets shared with his nearly 33 million followers.

Trump called her “low I.Q. Crazy Mika” and claimed she and her co-host Joe Scarborough tried to court him for an interview around New Year’s. “She was bleeding badly from a face-lift. I said no!” the president wrote on Twitter.

The posts once again set off some calls for Twitter to suspend Trump’s account. However, the chances of it happening are low.

For starters, Twitter’s policies leave plenty of gray area.

According to its rules, Twitter may suspend an account for a number of reasons, including if the user makes violent threats; attacks people based on race, religion, gender and more; or engages “in the targeted abuse or harassment of others.”

If Trump’s tweets about Brzezinski are at risk of violating any part of this policy, it would likely be the rules against harassment. But here it may be useful to compare Trump’s Twitter behavior to another high-profile account: Martin Shkreli.

Shkreli, the infamous former pharmaceutical executive, was kicked off Twitter earlier this year for “targeted harassment” after making unwanted advances toward journalist Lauren Duca. Shkreli sent multiple direct messages to Duca on Twitter and added pictures of her to his Twitter profile.

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