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Twitter to restrict tweets by world leaders that violate rules

Twitter Inc. will impose restrictions on tweets by world leaders that are found to be in violation of the platform's rules.

"We want to make it clear today that the accounts of world leaders are not above our policies entirely," Twitter said in an Oct. 15 blog post.

The social media platform said it will not allow users to interact with tweets by world leaders that promote terrorism; include clear and direct threats of violence; post private information or intimate photos or videos of people without consent; engage in behaviors relating to child sexual exploitation; and encourage or promote self-harm.

Twitter will let certain tweets remain on the platform if there is "clear public interest" in doing so even if they have violated the company's policies. Such tweets will be placed behind a notice that offers context about the violation and will let people click through to see its content.