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Twitter Rules Apply to Everyone, Including President-Elect Donald Trump

Despite his soon-to-be role as the most powerful man in the country, Donald Trump isn't exempt from Twitter's rules.

The future president of the United States must still abide by every rule and policy set forth by the social media giant, a Twitter spokesperson told NBC Bay Area.

In a succinct and to-the-point response, Twitter said "the Twitter rules apply to all accounts."

Those statutes include protections against threats, hateful content and harassment to name a few, according to "The Twitter Rules."

President-elect Trump has had a fiery and unfiltered presence on Twitter since signing on. Early Tuesday, he tweeted that, "Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag - if they do, there must be consequences - perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail!" That stance goes against free speech rights protected by the United States Constitution's First Amendment.

Twitter couldn't comment on whether or not Trump's future tweets will be monitored in any special way.

Effective Jan. 20, 2017, Trump has the option of taking over the @POTUS handle, which has been used by President Barack Obama during his time at the helm, according to a late October White House announcement. The @POTUS account will retain its more than 12.3 million followers, but it will be wiped clean of Obama's tweets. Those will be archived in a new handle coined @POTUS44.

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