Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey defends Trump ban, but admits company’s power sets ‘dangerous’ precedent.
Following the storming of the Capitol on January 6th, Trump was banned off of major social media platforms such as Twitter, Reddit, Instagram, Twitch, among other major networking sites. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey specified that he did not feel joy or pride in the decision to terminate Donald Trump’s account, but said, “I believe this was the right decision for Twitter…Offline harm as a result of online speech is demonstrably real, and what drives our policy and enforcement above all.” Dorsey then admitted that banning President Trump would have “… real and significant ramifications,” and that the ban stemmed from a failure to “promote healthy conversation.”
Banning a President from a Social Media platform is an unprecedented situation, a decision that Dorsey stated to be a dividing one and that it will “ limit the potential for clarification, redemption, and learning.” He then brought to light his concern of the dangerous precedent he believes that ban to be. “…And sets a precedent I feel is dangerous: the power an individual or corporation has over a part of the global public conversation.” Jack finished his statement saying that Twitter’s goal was to ‘disarm’ and to work towards a ‘more peaceful existence on earth’.
Project Veritas released a clip they claim to be from a Twitter “insider whistleblower” that “suggests that the company’s policy enforcement actions will go far beyond banning President Trump” [FOX].
ARTICLE: YULIANIE HERNANDEZ
POLITICS EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
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