Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey worries that taking action to permanently remove President Donald Trump from the platform “sets a precedent that I think is dangerous: the power that an individual or corporation has over part of the global public conversation.”
Dorsey called the ban “our failure” in a series of tweets on Wednesday night. “Imposing these actions fragments the public conversation. They divide us,” he said.
His comments came exactly a week after a mob of pro-Trump insurgents stormed the Capitol building and stormed on Wednesday (January 6th). Five people were killed in an uprising attempt, including a police officer from the US Capitol, and dozens more were injured.
Dorsey explained the decision to ban Trump as coercive because of the offline effect of Trump̵
Before Jan. 6, Trump repeatedly used his huge Twitter footprint to promote the Save America protest. “Big protest in DC on January 6. Be there, it will be wild!” Trump wrote on Twitter in late December.
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On the day of the event, Trump spoke in person with his supporters. “We will go down to the Capitol and cheer our brave senators, congressmen and women,” he said. “We will probably not enjoy some of them so much, because you will never accept our country with weakness. You have to show strength and be strong.”
As the attack unfolded, the president turned to Twitter to address his supporters: “These are the things and events that happen when the sacred election victory is so unceremoniously and viciously torn from the great patriots who were bad and unfairly treated for it for a long time, “he said in a tweet that was later removed.
Trump’s Twitter account was suspended until Friday night. When Trump tried to use other accounts related to his office and political campaign, such as @POTUS and @TeamTrump, those messages were removed from Twitter.
Twitter’s observation of the US president’s Twitter account is unprecedented and marks a major shift in moderation from Trump’s favorite social media company.
Twitter was among several major technology platforms that suspended or banned the use of Trump following the attack on the U.S. Capitol by pro-Trump rebels. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Twitch and Instagram have imposed some form of ban on Trump, and technology platforms used in part to organize the attack – such as Parler and Gab – are also facing bans.
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