Twitter says it is "deeply sorry" about Trump tweets on Joe Scarborough, plans policy changes

by Jordyn Pair · May 26th, 2020 2:32 pm

Twitter said it is working on policy changes after the husband of a former aide to MSNBC anchor Joe Scarborough called for the platform to delete disparaging tweets from President Trump.

Earlier this month, Trump called for an investigation into Scarborough in connection with the death of Lori Klausutis, a former aide who died from an abnormal heart rhythm while working for the anchor in 2001. The series of tweets alleged that Scarborough had gotten "away with murder."

The husband of Klausutis sent a letter to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, asking the tweets be taken down.

"I'm a research engineer and not a lawyer, but I've reviewed all of Twitters rule and terms of service. The President's tweet that suggests that Lori was murdered — without evidence (and contrary to the official autopsy) — is a violation of Twitter's community rules and terms of service," Timothy Klausutis wrote in the letter, which was obtained by the New York Times.

Twitter apologized for the president's tweets.

"We are deeply sorry about the pain these statements, and the attention they are drawing, are causing the family," a Twitter spokesperson told the National Review. "We've been working to expand existing product features and policies so we can more effectively address things like this going forward, and we hope to have those changes in place shortly."

Twitter said it was considering labeling the tweets as "false" and including contextualizing links.


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