Trump will lose his "special status" on Twitter in January, after leaving the presidency

In May 2018, a judge ruled that Donald Trump can't block users on Twitter, since it is a violation of the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, which refers precisely to freedom of expression.

We remember that, once elected president, Trump decided not to use the official account (@POTUS) and instead continue using your personal profile with all the security risks that this entails.

Confirmed by Twitter CEO

It is clear that the same rules do not apply for a "normal" Twitter user and for the account of the president of the United States (or of a country, in general). Besides not being able to block, there are other peculiarities, which will soon cease to apply in the case of Trump.

The relationship between Trump and Twitter has always been somewhat tense, a situation that has worsened in recent months. Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter, confirmed a few hours ago that Trump will lose "its special status" as of January.

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That means that when Trump stops being president will be treated like the rest of Twitter users, and you could face a possible suspension of your account if you post tweets that violate the rules of the platform.

This was stated by Dorsey himself during an appearance before the Senate Judicial Committee: "if a user suddenly is no longer a world leader, that particular particle disappears."

"A critical function of our service is to provide a place where people can respond openly and publicly to their leaders and hold them accountable. With this in mind, there are certain instances where it may be in the public interest to have access to certain Tweets, even if otherwise they would be violating our rules. "

These are statements from a Twitter spokesperson to TechCrunch. The limit for these types of special accounts is quite extreme, and for your tweets to be deleted, one of the following cases would have to occur:

  • Promote terrorism

  • Clear and direct threats of violence against an individual

  • Posting of private information, such as a home address or non-public personal phone number

  • Posting or sharing intimate photos or videos of someone that have been produced or distributed without their consent

  • Participate in conduct related to child sexual exploitation

  • Encourage or promote self-harm


There is another aspect to consider. After several months of clashes, It could happen that when January arrives Trump decides to leave Twitter and go to another platform (These days there is a lot of talk about Parler: a new social network where they assure that they can "speak without censorship" and that it is being filled with Trump supporters).

It does not mean that Twitter's survival depends on Trump, but if (at the time) the former US president encourages his millions of followers to leave the social network, that could damage the platform in a way that still costs. imagine.

What seems clear is that the era of Trump's inflammatory tweets and the different ways Twitter has had to choose to "shut them down" will soon be over.