Twitter's chief executive Jack Dorsey stands by the decision to ban Pres. Donald Trump from the platform in a wide-ranging thread, but admits that the action sets a 'dangerous' precedent.
.Trump had some 80 million followers prior to his ban from Twitter and it was by far his most-used social media outlet to reach supporters. The clamp down on Trump's accounts stoked concerns about free speech and the power wielded by big tech.Bloomberg via Getty Images
Jack Dorsey, chief executive officer of Twitter Inc., listens on a videoconference during a Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., Oct. 28, 2020.Dorsey reflected that ultimately he believes it was the right decision for Twitter to ban the president, saying,"Offline harm as a result of online speech is demonstrably real, and what drives our policy and enforcement above all."
At the same time, however, he said that he feels the ban is a"failure" on their part."That said, having to ban an account has real and significant ramifications," Dorsey wrote."While there are clear and obvious exceptions, I feel a ban is a failure of ours ultimately to promote healthy conversation. And a time for us to reflect on our operations and the environment around us." headtopics.com
Banning an account limits public conversation and the potential for"clarification, redemption, and learning," Dorsey wrote."And sets a precedent I feel is dangerous: the power an individual or corporation has over a part of the global public conversation," he added.
Dorsey also acknowledged that previously if users don't agree with one social media company's rules they could just go to another service provider, but that last week this"concept was challenged" as a slew of tech giants simultaneously restricted Trump's accounts. Dorsey said he doesn't think that was coordinated, but rather companies decided for themselves and were"emboldened by the actions of others."
MORE: Social media companies restricting Trump accounts cite risk for violenceThe CEO acknowledged that the company needs to look"critically at inconsistencies of our policy and enforcement," something many social media giants have taken heat for over the past week.
He also said Twitter was investing in an initiative that aims for an open, decentralized standard for social media. While he said this will take a while to build, he pledged transparency in the process.Finally, Dorsey called for unity and working together toward"a more peaceful existence on earth." headtopics.com
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Understood. But, with the way Twitter’s stock goes, Twitter will be very very safe in near future. I’m guessing Jack is getting death threats. Trump-Give me my Twitter account back you punk 😂😂😂 Did he say set a dangerous precedent or set a dangerous President? Not as dangerous as allowing him a voice
The removal of Donald Trump from Twitter, Facebook and other platforms signifies a limiting of free speech that is chilling for America—and all democracies