Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey explained in a series of tweets that he felt banning US President Donald Trump’s account was the right step for the social network. “Offline damage as a result of online speech is demonstrably real, and what drives our policy and enforcement above all else,” he wrote.
Dorsey accused Twitter of failing to “promote a healthy conversation,” acknowledging that Twitter should “critically look at inconsistencies in our policies and enforcement,” and said social platforms needed more transparency around moderation.
Then Dorsey joined an effort to build a decentralized standard for social media, which he started in 201
The reason I have so much passion for #Bitcoin is largely due to the model it demonstrates: a basic internet technology that is not controlled or influenced by a single person or entity. This is what the internet will be, and over time, more of it will be.
– jack (@jack) January 14, 2021
Five days ago, Twitter permanently banned Trump’s account “because of the risk of further incitement to violence,” the company said in a statement. The ban was introduced two days after the president called on a mob to break into the U.S. Capitol to disrupt Congress, which confirmed Joe Biden’s election victory. When Twitter banned him, they said two of his tweets encouraged more violence. Trump was also banned indefinitely by Facebook that day. Yesterday, YouTube suspended its account. Today, the president was also banned from Snapchat.
Banning the RealDonaldTrump Twitter account had “real and significant ramifications,” Dorsey wrote. Dorsey said the widespread suspension of the president from many platforms challenged the idea that if people did not like Twitter’s rules, they could simply go somewhere else. And although the president can issue a press release or convene a press conference whenever he wants – or just go on television – Dorsey expressed concern that enforcement actions could “destroy a free and open global Internet.”
And that was when bitcoin came up. Dorsey is also CEO of Square, an Internet payment company that bought $ 50 million in bitcoin as part of a cryptocurrency bet. Square has been accepting bitcoin since 2014. According to Dorsey, bitcoin provides a model for a decentralized model for social media. Dorsey did not elaborate on how such a network could tackle Twitter’s mistakes in moderation, create healthy conversations, or ensure more consistent policy enforcement.
“It is important that we recognize that this is a time of great uncertainty and struggle for so many around the world,” Dorsey wrote on Twitter. “Our goal at the moment is to disarm as much as we can and ensure that we all build towards a greater common understanding and a more peaceful existence on earth. I believe that the Internet and global public discourse are our best and most relevant method of achieving this. ”
Although Jack Dorsey first proposed the decentralized social media standard he calls “bluesky” in December 2019, he wrote today that Twitter is still “in the process of interviewing and hiring people.”