CEO Jack Dorsey says Twitter had to ban Trump to protect safety

Jack Dorsey said the company was in an untenable position but that barring users was not a long-term solution.

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NEW: Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on Wednesday explained and defended the company’s decision to permanently suspend President Trump from using the platform.

Jack Dorsey said the company was in an untenable position but that barring users was not a long-term solution.

Jan. 14, 2021, 1:10 AM UTCByDavid IngramSAN FRANCISCO — Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on Wednesday defended the company’s decision last week to permanentlybanPresident Donald Trump.“After a clear warning we’d take this action, we made a decision with the best information we had based on threats to physical safety both on and off Twitter,” Dorsey said in a

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thread on Twitter, talking about the ban for the first time.He said the circumstances were “extraordinary and untenable,” forcing Twitter staff to put all of its focus on public safety.“Offline harm as a result of online speech is demonstrably real, and what drives our policy and enforcement above all,” he said.

The reference to physical threats echoes concerns by law enforcement and private sector intelligence analysts who said there was a significant uptick in violent rhetoric and planning on the internet around last week’s siege of the U.S. Capitol by a pro-Trump mob. headtopics.com

Concerns that violence could be repeated have continuedinto this week, with state and federal authorities preparing for potential violence in Washington, D.C., and at state capitals.I believe this was the right decision for Twitter. We faced an extraordinary and untenable circumstance, forcing us to focus all of our actions on public safety. Offline harm as a result of online speech is demonstrably real, and what drives our policy and enforcement above all.

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You Fake $$ News!!! You forgot to add in your headline, the comment 'Dangerous precedent' Only about five years too late... Thank you Twitter for making a safe classroom where we can learn jack did the right thing for our country. You were a leader and others followed. It had to be done! Anyone who has a platform like a POTUS who is using it to create violence and chaos needs to be removed! Trump was abusing his platform. You did the right thing for America!

Thank You Jack your on the right side of History If Trump wants to speak don’t EVER let that Coward hide behind You to do it, let him do it Live Bravo Sir 🙏🏾Respect ✌🏾 jack doesn’t have to defend why he banned trump from Twitter. He needs to defend why he didn’t do it sooner. 😡 He had no problem taking away my account w/7k followers w/ not a single explanation. Woke up and poof gone. I'm appealing but this alt account (hubs) is working out fine for me. I just miss some ppl I met over years that shared losing a child . He doesn't care about that.

Wish people would stop lauding jack for doing only now that which should have been done, according to Twitter ToS, years ago. Bite the big one, jack , you’ve been a huge part of the problem this whole time. JackDorseyLovesCatturd But now pedophile gym jordan has taken up where the orange shitstain left off.

Anyone who needs an explanation for why this was necessary is just willfully ignorant. Jack may be saving lives with this. Stick to your guns, Jack. You are helping to protect us all. fuck he is handsome😅 Thank you for doing this! God bless this America hero. Without his action on the right time we would not have america now. KUDOS TO JACK DORSEY.

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