Dear @Jack: It’s Time To Suspend Donald Trump From Twitter
Ellen K. Pao

Twitter and Trump: The Official Rules Governing Abusive Tweeting Behavior

An excerpt from the Twitter Rules:

The following is an excerpt from the Twitter help pages. Anyone who has ever wondered whether a particularly irksome Trump tweet might not adhere to the rules may wish to analyze the tweet against these rules. If you come to a reasonable conclusion that a tweet runs afoul of these rules, you may wish to communicate the results of your analysis to Twitter. Remember, this is merely an excerpt. For a more comprehensive look at the rules, see The Twitter Rules.

Abusive Behavior:

We believe in freedom of expression and in speaking truth to power, but that means little as an underlying philosophy if voices are silenced because people are afraid to speak up. In order to ensure that people feel safe expressing diverse opinions and beliefs, we do not tolerate behavior that crosses the line into abuse, including behavior that harasses, intimidates, or uses fear to silence another user’s voice.

Any accounts and related accounts engaging in the activities specified below may be temporarily locked and/or subject to permanent suspension.

Violent threats (direct or indirect):

You may not make threats of violence or promote violence, including threatening or promoting terrorism.


You may not incite or engage in the targeted abuse or harassment of others. Some of the factors that we may consider when evaluating abusive behavior include:

if a primary purpose of the reported account is to harass or send abusive messages to others;

if the reported behavior is one-sided or includes threats;

if the reported account is inciting others to harass another account; and

if the reported account is sending harassing messages to an account from multiple accounts.

Hateful conduct:

You may not promote violence against or directly attack or threaten other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or disease. We also do not allow accounts whose primary purpose is inciting harm towards others on the basis of these categories.