The animosity between North Korea and democratic countries has long been existent, but since the election of Donald Trump as the POTUS (President Of The United States) that back and forth has only escalated to more violent terms.
North Korea has been launching ballistic missiles into the ocean for the past several weeks despite repeated requests to stop.
After the most recent threat to the US, Donald Trump decided to step it up via Twitter.
In a case of which came first: the chicken or the egg, Donald Trump issued a reply to North Korea after North Korea threatened the US.
But it didn’t just stop there. When Donald Trump threatened ‘fire and fury’ at North Korea, Kim Jong-Un warned that he could attack Guam, which is a US territory in the Western Pacific Ocean.
In response to that threat, Trump tweeted: ‘military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely. Hopefully, Kim Jong-Un will find another path!’
That’s when Kal Penn (most notable for his role in the Harold and Kumar movies) stepped in to reveal that Trump’s latest tweet might have violated Twitter’s terms. As the former White House Associate Director of Public Engagement, Kal knows the ins and outs of dealing with the media and the public.
Kal tweeted: ‘hey Twitter, is threatening a nuclear war not a violation of terms of service?’ He went on to post a photo of Twitter’s own rules and regulations.
Twitter’s terms clearly indicate that people who issue violent threats, wishes for physical harm, and references to mass murder could result in a temporary suspension and ultimately the removal of the account.
Kal then went on to say: ‘seems pretty clear that you can’t threaten mass murder via a nuclear war, right? Asking for 7.4 billion friends.’
Twitter did not respond to Kal’s tweet despite his direct message to them but Mashable was able to get in contact with them.
Twitter said: ‘we do not comment on individual accounts, for privacy and security reasons.’ Despite the vague response and the precedence set before by Twitter where they HAVE banned other accounts, Twitter users seem to agree with Kal’s assessment.
One user by the name of Ryan Prosser said: ‘Twitter would be a hero to the world if it suspended Trump’s account.’
And another by the name of Keri Anderson said: ‘yes, please! My teens asked me today if there was any hope to avoid nuclear war. I said our hope is in ordinary people like Twitter CEOs.’
And finally, Pablo Torre simply reiterated Kal’s statement by saying: ‘threatening nuclear war on Twitter feels like a terms of service violation.’