Trump will lose his special protection on Twitter in January.

Trump will lose his special protection on Twitter in January.

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U.S. President Donald Trump is retiring after delivering a speech on the results of the U.S. presidential election in 2020 in the White House Brady Room in Washington, D.C., on November 5, 2020. Carlos Barria, Reuters.
U.S. President Donald Trump will follow the same Twitter Inc. rules as any other user when President-elect Joe Biden takes office on January 20, the social media company confirmed this week.

Twitter is posting "public interest" alerts on some tweets that break the rules of "world leaders" and would otherwise be deleted. Instead, those tweets from political candidates and elected or government officials are hiding behind the warning, and Twitter is taking steps to limit its reach.

But the company stated that this attitude does not apply to former officials.

"This policy applies to current world leaders and candidates for office, not individuals, when they no longer hold those positions," a Twitter spokesperson said in a statement.

She tweeted several warnings and tags from her @realDonaldTrump account, including many after Tuesday's election, which made unfounded allegations of election fraud. She first hid one of her tweets behind a "public interest" label in May when the president violated the company's policies against glorifying violence.

Trump Twitter tags comment on voting violations, "misleadingly.
According to Facebook Inc. policy, it appears that after Biden takes office in January, Trump's messages will no longer be exempt from fact-checking by Facebook's third-party partners.

Facebook's online policy defines politicians whose positions are exempt from fact checking as candidates running for office, current officials and many appointees to their posts, as well as political parties and their leaders.

It states that "former candidates for office or former officials continue to be subject to our third-party fact checking program.

Facebook did not respond to Reuters' questions about how it would handle the Trump account.


Biden's victory in Pennsylvania on Saturday put the Democratic Party presidential candidate above the 270-vote threshold for the Voters' College to take power. Republican Trump did not budge and promised to challenge the results in court.