Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey is concerned that taking steps to permanently suspend President Donald Trump from the platform “sets a precedent that I feel is dangerous: the power that an individual or company has over some of the global public debate. ”
Dorsey called the ban “our failure” in a series of tweets Wednesday night. “Having to take these actions fragment the public conversation. They divide us,” he said.
His remarks came exactly a week after crowds of pro-Trump rebels stormed the U.S. Capitol building and broke into Wednesday, Jan. 6. Five people died during the attempted riot, including a U.S. Capitol police officer, and dozens more were injured.
Dorsey explained the decision to ban Trump as a forced act because of the offline effect of Trump̵
Prior to January 6, Trump repeatedly used his massive footprint on Twitter to promote the “Save America” protest event. “Big protest in DC on January 6. Be there, will be wild!” Trump tweeted in late December.
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On the day of the event, Trump spoke personally to his supporters. “We are going down to the Capitol and we are cheering on our brave senators and congressmen and women,” he said. “We are probably not going to cheer so much for some of them, because you will never take our country back with weakness. You have to show strength and you have to be strong. ”
While the attack was going on, the president took to Twitter to speak to his supporters: “These are the things and events that happen when a sacred landslide election victory is removed so unkindly and viciously from great patriots who have been treated badly and unfairly for a long time , ”He said in a tweet that was later removed.
Trump’s Twitter account was permanently suspended Friday night. When Trump tried to use other accounts associated with his office and political campaign, such as @POTUS and @TeamTrump, those messages were removed by Twitter.
Twitter’s police control of the incumbent 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 technical platforms to suspend or ban Trump’s use following the attack on the U.S. Capitol by pro-Trump rebels. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Twitch and Instagram all passed some form of ban on Trump, and technical platforms that were used in part to organize the attack – such as Parler and Gab – are also facing bans.
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