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‘WE FAILED’: Twitter CEO on banning Trump

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey weighs in on Trump bans. Source: Getty
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey weighs in on Trump bans. Source: Getty

Twitter chief Jack Dorsey has revealed concerns that banning outgoing President Donald Trump from big tech may set a dangerous precedent.

Dorsey said in a series of tweets that while he believes banning Trump from the platform after he incited insurrection at the US Capitol on Wednesday 6 January was “the right decision for Twitter”, it also carried “real and significant ramifications”.

“I feel a ban is a failure of ours ultimately to promote healthy conversation,” Dorsey wrote.

“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 was the first to ban Trump, with Facebook and Instagram following suit. Apple, Amazon and Google banned Parler, Twitter’s “free speech” rival, predominantly used by alt-right Trump supporters and Republicans.

Dorsey said he did not believe the bans introduced by big tech providers were coordinated, but were rather companies coming to their own conclusions about Trump’s actions.

The Twitter CEO flagged the company was funding an initiative around “an open decentralised standard for social media” called BlueSky.

“This will take time to build,” he said.

“Our goal in this moment is to disarm as much as we can, and ensure we are all building towards a greater common understanding, and a more peaceful existence on earth.”

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