Updated Oct 2, 2019

Kamala Harris: Trump's Twitter account should be suspended

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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris doubled down on her call for Twitter to suspend President Trump's account for his combative tweets Tuesday, urging Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to act after Trump described the impeachment inquiry as a "coup."

What she's saying: Harris' latest comments build on her remarks on "Anderson Cooper 360" Monday night during which she said that Twitter should suspend Trump's account because of his attacks on lawmakers and the whistleblower.

Our thought bubble, per Axios technology editor Scott Rosenberg: Twitter is unlikely to suspend Trump's account. Its rules bar targeted harassment and threats of violence against individuals or groups, but the social media platform has long held that it will move with extra caution when it comes to public figures who may be considered a topic of legitimate public interest.

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Editor's note: This article has been updated with Harris' alert to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey.

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Kamala Harris asks Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to suspend Trump's account

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2020 Democratic candidate Sen. Kamala Harris asked Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey in a Tuesday letter to consider suspending President Trump's account for violating its user agreement with his tweets about the Ukraine whistleblower and Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.).

The state of play, via Axios' managing editor Scott Rosenberg: Social media platforms that help people "share ideas and information" are struggling with becoming political battlegrounds, and Twitter has been hesitant in the past to ban or take down politicians' tweets that break its rules.

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Twitter's "rules" essentially give elected officials a free pass

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Like Facebook, Twitter is giving elected officials broader freedom, but it's tough to discern where — if anywhere— the platform is drawing a line.

Why it matters: The company posted a statement on Tuesday aimed at clarifying its policies for "world leaders," but it remains to be seen if the rules are anything other than a free pass.

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Trump set personal record for tweeting last month

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President Trump set a personal record last month by tweeting or retweeting nearly 800 times, almost 100 posts beyond what he published in any previous month of his presidency, according to a USA Today analysis.

Why it matters: Trump sent his September slew of tweets amid a rapidly unfurling impeachment inquiry, which also came as he targeted 2020 Democrats in preparation for his reelection bid. He has faced backlash from political competitors and some allies as a result of his tweets.

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