Twitter clarified Friday why it didn't delete anti-Muslim videos that President Trump retweeted earlier in the week, saying that the videos did not violate its policies.

The company had previously said that the videos were kept up because they were "newsworthy for public interest," but retracted this on Friday.

"To clarify: these videos are not being kept up because they are newsworthy or for public interest," the company wrote. "Rather, these videos are permitted on Twitter based on our current media policy."

Twitter has in the past justified leaving up some content that would otherwise violate its terms of service, because of their perceived newsworthiness. Twitter notes that in this case, the videos were not kept up because of this, but because they didn't violate Twitter's policies.

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