Donald Trump’s Twitter account will stop receiving special treatment if he loses the presidential election, the social media giant has confirmed.
Bloomberg has reported a confirmation from Twitter that Trump will fall into the category of “former world leader” if he loses the presidency, and therefore will not be subject to the same protections his account gets currently.
Unlike other Twitter users, Trump and other world leaders are able to post content that violates the company’s rules around offensive or misleading content.
While ordinary users would see their tweets forcibly deleted, or even their accounts suspended on a temporary permanent basis, leaders like Trump are allowed to keep their content up – although they can be marked with warnings.
Trump has brazenly lied in two speeches since election night, sharing baseless conspiracy theories about electoral fraud and alleging wrongdoing at polling stations in key states.
Some major US television networks cut him off mid-speech on Thursday evening to correct misinformation, and Twitter has marked a number of his tweets with a warning that reads: “Some or all of the content shared in this Tweet is disputed and might be misleading about an election or other civic process.”