Although Twitter was quick to remove then-President Donald Trump’s entire account in the aftermath of a deadly riot on Capitol Hill earlier this year, the social media platform is taking a different approach in response to complaints about photos of his wife being widely shared by users.
During a recent online argument between musician Cardi B and conservative pundit Candace Owens, the former shared nude images of former first lady Melania Trump — and Twitter is refusing to remove them.
“I was just inspired by our former First Lady”
According to the company, the photos do not violate its ban on non-consensual nudity since the former model previously consented to their release and publication.
The images come from a 1996 photoshoot she did for a French magazine as part of her modeling career and have resurfaced multiple times since — particularly during her husband’s 2016 White House bid.
Cardi B posted them again to bolster her position against Owens, who criticized the artist’s sexually explicit performance during the recent Grammy Awards.
“Men treat women on how a woman allows a man to treat them,” the rapper argued in a caption alongside one photo of Melania Trump.
In response to the backlash over her risque song, Cardi B posted another photo, adding: “I was just inspired by our former First Lady.”
“Get a life Candy it’s been two days”
For her part, Owens threatened to sue Cardi B over the tweets, which also included accusations that her political commentator’s husband cheated on her.
“We are suing Cardi B,” Owens declared on Thursday. “You will be able to watch this play out in the courtroom. It is unacceptable that any person would use doctored tweets to try and libel and slander my family members, my private family members, and think that I’m going to take that sitting down.”
Cardi B ultimately deleted the tweets, claiming her conversation was “getting boring” and that her page was meant “for fun and entertainment” rather than political debates.
“Get a life Candy it’s been two days,” she added.
Plenty of conservative Twitter users wish it were always so easy to shut down outspoken liberals attempting to attack them for their views.