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Oscar Williams

News editor

Twitter’s European chief says the site has rules Donald Trump isn’t allowed to break

Twitter’s European chief has warned that there are lines Donald Trump cannot cross on the platform, in response to claims the US president does not have to follow its rules.

Bruce Daisley, Twitter’s VP of Europe, the Middle East and Africa, said this morning that the US president would face disciplinary action if he was to tweet individuals’ personal details.

“If someone tweets private information – if someone tweets someone’s private address, phone number – then there are no-go areas where we don’t permit that,” he told the BBC’s Emma Barnett. “Were he to do that, just picking a hypothetical example, then those would be areas” that could lead to penalties.  

Twitter published a statement on Friday about world leaders’ use of the service following complaints that Trump is able to post tweets that would result in others being banned.

“Blocking a world leader from Twitter or removing their controversial Tweets would hide important information people should be able to see and debate,” the firm said. “It would also not silence that leader, but it would certainly hamper necessary discussion around their words and actions.”

Barnett also quizzed Daisley over whether it would cooperate with a parliamentary inquiry into Russian interference in British politics through sites such as Twitter and Facebook.

Damien Collins, chair of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee, described Twitter’s initial response to its questions as “completely inadequate”.

Twitter identified just one account, @RT+com, which promoted Russian tweets during last year’s EU referendum campaign. RT reportedly paid around £750 to post six tweets.

“We’ll be going back on the request that he [Collins] has given,” Daisley said. “Everyone’s working to get back to him on the day that he’s asked.”

Twitter and Facebook have until 18 January to respond to the committee.