Twitter Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Jack Dorsey defended his company’s decision to ban US President Donald Trump’s Twitter account and warned as well that such actions can be unprecedentedly dangerous. Dorset in a series of tweets said, “I believe this was the right decision for Twitter.”
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.
— jack (@jack) January 14, 2021
“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.”
In his tweets Dorsey said, “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.” Jack Dorsey also stated that banning US President’s account could have significant ramifications. He admitted that banning his account was a faulty decision to promote healthy discussions.
“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.”