Donald Trump has 32.7 Million followers on Twitter @POTUS account, right now, the Twitter account belongs to Donald Trump, that’s separate from his account @realdonaldtrump, which has nearly 89 million followers.
Trump has used his Twitter account unlike any other President in history, given the number of tweets he had tweeted it will be an understatement.
Of the last four years, He has blasted world leaders on Twitter. He even criticised CEO’s of multinational companies; he has not spared congress as well.
Most recently, he has been using it to spread baseless conspiracy theories about the election; Trump continued to tweet despite studies that voters didn’t approve of how he used the tool.
A Survey from morning consult and politico last year found that 72% of registered voters believed that Trump used the tool too much, even 29 of republican voters said last year that his use of platform hurt his chances at re-election & we all know how the elections turned out this year.
Weather Donal Trump likes it or nor but come January he will have to give up the Oval office but does that mean he’ll give up the official POTUS Twitter account, of course, he will still get to keep his personal account. Still, again that may be subject to harsher rules and regulations.
A big question remains that does Twitter offers protections to a president that it doesn’t provide a private citizen, here we bring you the answer to that question. There are two ways that a president or any world leader; this also includes other elected politicians in the United States they are treated differently as compared to say Dwayne Jhonson or a regular Twitter user.
The first is that if they violate the rules, in most cases, instead of the Tweet coming down which would typically be required, Twitter will leave that tweetup. They’ll put it behind a warning label so that people have to click the warning label to see the tweet. However, it doesn’t get taken down, it is still up there for the public record, and they do this because they believe there is some newsworthiness to what the President says even if it is a rule violation.
The second difference is that for world leaders, its is a lot harder for them to accumulate what we call strikes against there account the idea being if you were a repeat offender if you were continually breaking the rules, you might get a more severe punishment, e.g. if you break the rules for the first time, Twitter will say you will have to remove that tweet before we let you tweet again, if you keep doing it they may say we are going to put you in timeout for 12 hours. Then it gets further along you might get a multi-day suspension, and eventually, you might get banned.
Most public figures don’t accumulate those strikes so for someone like Donald Trump who is a repeat offender of twitters rules he hasn’t really been building up to a harsher penalty, in the way most of us would do.
Come January 20th; Many experts say that it wouldn’t be a surprise if Twitter starts to take a stricter stance against Donald Trump, making him at the very least remove offending tweets versus simply hiding them for him, possibly an account freeze if he persists with the rule break.
Twitter would have to be very careful if they were to take any dramatic action against Donald Trump as it would open up floodgates for them to face calls of anti-conservative bias. It is not something that they are not already familiar with, but they haven’t yet to do something to that degree against a former president if will be interesting to see if they do penalise Trump for his Twitter blunders as they would be roasted by every other Republican politician in the country.
It is to be noted that Twitter account @POTUS is one of the many accounts that was created under the Obama administration, and it was intended to go with the office. Similarly, there is a first lady account, and there is a secretary of state account, even the white house account all were created and intended to stay with whoever is in the office at that time.