Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has defended his company’s decision to ban President Donald Trump, while detailing his agenda for further political censorship.
“I believe this was the right decision for Twitter,” Dorsey said in a series of 13 posts on his platform, citing “extraordinary and untenable” circumstances after Trump incited a riot at the US Capitol last week, an event that forced the social media company to “focus all of our actions on public safety.”
“I do not celebrate or feel pride in our having to ban @realDonaldTrump from Twitter, or how we got here,” Dorsey said. “Offline harm as a result of online speech is demonstrably real, and what drives our policy and enforcement above all.”
We have known, and now know for sure, that CEO Jack Dorsey has detailed an agenda for further political censorship of republicans…and not democrats.
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— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) January 14, 2021
Dorsey grappled with the implications of the decision in his posts, admitting that “having to ban an account has real and significant ramifications.” Removing users, he said, fragments the public conversation and divides people.
The CEO also addressed similar actions taken by other social media companies, such as Facebook and Snapchat, to ban the president. These actions were alleged “not coordinated,” Dorsey said, but “presented a challenge” for the tech industry. Give me a break!
Earlier Thursday, CEO of Project Veritas James O’Keefe, tweeted a viral video promoting the release of the recorded video.
— James O’Keefe (@JamesOKeefeIII) January 14, 2021
Dorsey suggested in his posts that the tech industry’s actions could have longer-term implications, too.
“This moment in time might call for this dynamic, but over the long term it will be destructive to the noble purpose and ideals of the open internet. A company making a business decision to moderate itself is different from a government removing access, yet can feel much the same,” Dorsey said.
“Yes, we all need to look critically at inconsistencies of our policy and enforcement. Yes, we need to look at how our service might incentivize distraction and harm. Yes, we need more transparency in our moderation operations. All this can’t erode a free and open global internet,” he added.