Twitter has sought public opinion on whether world leaders should be bound by the same set of rules as everyone else on the microblogging platform and the appropriate enforcement measures in case they break the rules.
Twitter said it is “reviewing” the approach of world leaders as it wants its policies to remain relevant to the changing nature of political discourse on the platform and protect the health of the public conversation.
“In general, we want to hear from the public on whether or not they believe that world leaders should be bound by the same rules as others on Twitter. And, if a world leader violates a rule, what kind of enforcement action is appropriate, ”the microblogging platform said in a blog post.
In that sense, starting Friday, Twitter will seek responses to a public survey that would help define the policy framework. The survey will close on April 12.
The questionnaire will be available in 14 languages: Hindi, English, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, French, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, and Urdu.
Twitter reported that it is in the process of consulting with a variety of human rights experts, civil society organizations and academics from around the world, whose feedback would be reflected in upcoming changes to the policy framework.
“We want to serve the public conversation and allow the public to listen and interact with leaders from around the world. Ultimately, our goal is to have a policy that adequately balances fundamental human rights and considers the global context in which we operate, ”he said.
Twitter, Facebook and other platforms worldwide have focused on the treatment of the accounts of world leaders and politicians. It is pertinent to mention here that Twitter had banned Donald Trump’s account in January, citing “risk of incitement to violence” after the siege of the US Capitol.