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Twitter Links Trump Focus to Policy of Preventing Greatest Harm

  • After years of passivity, company now labeling Trump tweets
  • More active moderation in line with Twitter’s existing policy
U.S. President Donald Trump

U.S. President Donald Trump

Photographer: Erin Schaff/The New York Times/Bloomberg

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Twitter Inc. defended its recent decision to label some of U.S. President Donald Trump’s tweets, but also said world leaders’ comments on the social media service will stay up, even if they break the company’s rules.

In a reiteration of established policies, which Twitter calls its health principles, the company published a series of tweets on Tuesday explaining its rationale after it had been heavily criticized by Trump and other conservative politicians. Their allegation had been that Twitter’s actions exhibited political bias, whereas the company stressed that its top priority was to “decrease potential for likely harm.”