When asked about Ms Fransen’s tweets and status, a Twitter spokeswoman sent the BBC the following statement.
“To help ensure people have an opportunity to see every side of an issue there may be the rare occasion when we allow controversial content or behaviour which may otherwise violate our Rules to remain on our service because we believe there is a legitimate public interest in its availability.”
The follow up questions are obvious. What is “every side” to this story? What is the “public interest in its availability”?
One argument might be that the precise content of the videos are important to those wanting to have an informed opinion on Trump’s decision – but even his own press secretary apparently disagrees with that.
“I’m not talking about the nature of the video,” Sarah Huckabee Sanders told White House reporters on Wednesday.
“I think you’re focusing on the wrong thing. The threat is real, and that’s what the president is talking about.”
In other words, the content of the videos were irrelevant to Trump’s wider point, whatever that may have been. Twitter, however, considers it vital to the public interest to keep the videos online, boosted by the President to more than 40 million followers.
That’s not a view shared by Brendan Cox, whose wife, the MP Jo Cox, was shot dead in 2016 by a man who shouted “Britain first” as he killed her.
“Spreading hatred has consequences and the President should be ashamed of himself,” Mr Cox wrote on Twitter.
With that in mind, Twitter’s safety team might want to consider whether there’s greater public interest in taking the tweets down.
It seems a lifetime ago now that Twitter billed itself, back in 2012, as the “free speech wing of the free speech party”, a characterisation that both the company, and arguably the internet as a whole, has well outgrown.