MSNBC anchor asks whether Twitter could turn off Trump's account

MSNBC anchor asks whether Twitter could turn off Trump's account
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MSNBC anchor Stephanie Ruhle asked a leading technology journalist on Monday whether Twitter would shut down President TrumpDonald John TrumpA better VA, with mental health services, is essential for America's veterans Pelosi, Nadler tangle on impeachment, contempt vote Trump arrives in Japan to kick off 4-day state visit MORE's account over his insults.

"Kara, according to the New York Times, Trump has insulted someone via Twitter at least 487 times," Ruhle said during a segment on her show with Kara Swisher of Recode, a technology news website.

"Is there a point where Twitter says 'this is a violation of our ethics, we’re going to shut you down?' "

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Swisher said she did not think that Twitter would shut down Trump's account.

"I think Twitter laid out the position that he’s the president, and what he says is important, and so we’re going to publish it," she said. "I think there probably is a line to cross, but he hasn’t crossed it yet for Twitter."

"And it’s hard to say what it would take to do that," Swisher added.

Facebook on Monday said it would delete several pages from Alex Jones's Infowars site. It said it was doing so because of violations of Facebook's content policies, and comes after the company had faced pressure to do so.

"We’ll see if the companies will continue to do that," Swisher said. "Even as they have these very strong First Amendment arguments on the other side. But it’s a complicated issue. It’s not easily reduced to just I’m for free speech or against."

The New York Times reported last month that Trump has insulted someone through his official Twitter account 487 times since declaring his candidacy for the White House.

A Morning Consult/Politico poll from earlier this summer showed that 72 percent of those surveyed think Trump uses Twitter too often, with only 2 percent saying he should use it more. Thirteen percent said he tweets about the right amount, and 12 percent had no opinion.

The poll also found that the president's frequent use of Twitter is seen as a bad thing, with 62 percent saying it's negative compared to 20 percent who said it is positive. Eighteen percent were undecided.