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Twitter is considering labeling some of President Trump's tweets that they say violate its rules


Twitter said that it could put warnings on certain tweets

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Twitter's head of legal, policy, trust and safety, Vijaya Gadde, told the Washington Post that her company is considering putting warning labels on tweets by public figures, including the president, that violate its rules.

What's the story?

While Washington Post interviewer Elizabeth Dwoskin brought up President Donald Trump's name, Gadde did not specifically mention the president during her responses at the Technology 202 Live event in San Francisco.

Gadde told the Post that the company had concerns about how some tweets might be viewed in the future when "there's no context."

She said that while "a direct, violent threat against an individual" would obviously be taken down regardless of who made it, there was a "public interest clause" to Twitter's rules that would leave some tweets up that would otherwise be taken down, depending on who sent them.

But, she added, there might be other options.

One of the things we're working on very closely with our product and engineering folks, is how can we label that. This gets back to part of our earlier conversation. How can we put some context around it so people are aware that that content is actually in violation of our rules, and serving a particular purpose by remaining on the platform.

Gadde said that some tweets that violated their rules but still were considered to be in the public interest, could be hidden behind a warning that users would have to click through.

She insisted that rather than being an editorial position, as the Dwoskin suggested this would be, these measures would be "taking a position on what's in violation of our rules and what's not, and being very, very clear about it."

What else?

Previously, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey had defended his company's decision to leave up Trump tweets that people have accused of violating Twitter's rules, including some personal attacks, because comments from the president are newsworthy.

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