“Twitter wholeheartedly condemns the recent tweets by Donald Trump towards North Korea. Twitter is a platform for global voices to come together. And though we are fierce advocates of free speech, we cannot stand idly by while our platform is used for harassment of another human or a sovereign nation. We expect all our users to abide by the terms of service they agreed to when they signed up for accounts. For this reason, we are putting a 24 hour ban on the @realDonaldTrump account. Once the offending tweets are deleted the account will be reactivated in 24 hours. Should the same offense recur we reserve the right to institute another temporary ban or ban the account completely. These rules apply to all users. Cheers, Jack Dorsey, Twitter CEO.”
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Mike Monteiro

I agree with your article in general, but this specific point is wrong. You seem to imply that it’s never appropriate to threaten countries. Replace the word “North Korea” with “Nazi Germany” and you’ll understand why sometimes this kind of behavior is very much appropriate.

There is a time and a place to use force, or even forceful language, against countries who repeatedly threaten to wipe out their neighbors. How do you think the people of South Korea feel? They’ve been negotiating with North Korea for years and where has it gotten them? Their bullying neighbor decided to threaten them with nuclear weapons.

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