The Chief Executive Officer of popular microblogging website, Twitter Inc, Jack Dorsey has reacted to the decision by the company to ban the United States President Donald Trump from its platform after the insurrection that took place in the Capitol building on Wednesday January 6th 2021.
Jack described the action as the right thing to do but dangerous as it not allowed open and free conversation on the internet.
“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,” Jack tweeted.
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He also expressed sadness at what he described as the “extraordinary and untenable circumstances” surrounding Mr Trump’s permanent suspension.
Jack said the ban was in part a failure of Twitter’s, which hadn’t done enough to foster “healthy conversation” across its platforms.
I do not celebrate or feel pride in our having to ban @realDonaldTrump from Twitter, or how we got here. 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. Was this correct?— jack (@jack) January 14, 2021
“Having to take these actions fragment the public conversation. They divide us. They limit the potential for clarification, redemption, and learning. And sets a precedent I feel is dangerous: the power an individual or corporation has over a part of the global public conversation”.
Twitter has been praised and also criticised for freezing Mr Trump’s account after the attack on the Capitol that led to 4 deaths including a corp.
In a long Twitter thread, Twitter’s boss said he did not celebrate or feel pride in the ban – which came after the Capitol riot last week insisted it is the right thing to do.
“I do not celebrate or feel pride in our having to ban @realDonaldTrump from Twitter, or how we got here. 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. Was this correct?” Jack tweeted.
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