In a widespread social media thread, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on Wednesday backed a decision last week to ban President Trump from his company’s platform, saying it was something he did not “celebrate or be proud of.” “, and something that has been addressed about physical security threats both on and off Twitter. ”
Dorsey said this was the “right decision”
“We faced an exceptional and insolvent circumstance that forced us to focus all our actions on public safety,” he said. “The offline harm of online speech is clearly real and what drives our policy and implementation above all else.”
However, Dorsey said the ban on accounts “has real and significant consequences”.
“Although there are clear and obvious exceptions, I believe that the ban is our failure to ultimately promote a healthy conversation … Imposing these actions fragments the public conversation. They divide us. They limit the potential for clarification, redemption and set a precedent that I think it’s dangerous: the power of a person or a corporation over part of the global public conversation. “
He also said that Twitter is only a small part of a larger conversation on the Internet.
Dorsey said that if people do not agree with the rules of the platform and the application of those rules, then “they can just go to another service.” But that ability is limited when events unfold as they did last week, when a number of seemingly uncoordinated social media sites censored Mr. Trump and others who say they incite violence in Washington, D.C.
“This moment in time may require this dynamic, but in the long run it will be destructive to the noble goal and ideals of the open Internet,” Dorsey said. “A company that makes a business decision to moderate is different from a government that removes access, but it can feel almost the same.”
In an effort to help combat this, Dorsey said he was working on a platform that could serve as a “founding Internet technology that is not controlled or influenced by any individual or entity.”
For now, however, he said global public speaking was “the best and most appropriate” solution.
“Everything we learn in this moment will improve our efforts and push us to be what we are: a humanity that works together.”
Mr Trump addressed censorship on social media on Wednesday in his first video message after the House rejected him on charges of inciting an uprising for “deliberate incitement to violence against the United States government” on January 6.
After condemning last week’s riots in the Capitol – without taking ownership of any of the incitements he was implicated in, Mr Trump spoke of “the unprecedented attack on free speech we have seen in recent days”.
Shortly after the riots,suspended Mr Trump’s personal account and suspended his account for the remainder of his presidency. In Tuesday, temporarily banned Mr Trump from uploading new content.
Meanwhile, a platform for “freedom of speech”was shut down by Apple and Google app stores and eventually shut down by Amazon Web Services for failing to moderate violent content. Several publications show that Trump supporters are urging others to take part in the “millionth militia march” on January 20 and for the “patriots” to bring their weapons to Washington.
Many people called for a second civil war because Mr. Trump lost the election.
“These are tense and difficult times. Efforts to censor, repeal and blacklist our fellow citizens are wrong and dangerous,” Trump said in a video posted to the White House Twitter account. “What is needed now is to listen to each other, not to drown out. We can all choose to rise above the rankings with our actions and find a common language and shared goal.”