In a widely shared social media thread, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on Wednesday stood by last week’s decision to ban President Trump from his company’s platform, saying it was something he did not “celebrate or feel proud of” but something that was decided “based on threats to physical security both on and off Twitter.”
Dorsey said it was “the right decision”
“We faced an extraordinary and unsustainable situation that forced us to focus all our actions on public safety,” he said. “Offline harm as a result of online speech is demonstrably real, and what drives our policy and enforcement above all else.”
However, Dorsey said banning accounts “has real and significant consequences.”
“Although there are clear and obvious exceptions, I feel that a ban is our failure to ultimately promote a healthy conversation … Having to take these actions fragment the public conversation. They divide us. They limit the potential for clarification, redemption. and learning. And setting a precedent that I feel is dangerous: the power that an individual or a company has over part of the global public discourse. “
He also said that Twitter is only a small part of a larger conversation over the internet.
Dorsey said that if people do not agree with the platform’s rules and enforce those rules, then “they can simply go to another service.” But that ability is limited when events unfold as they did last week, as several social media sites, apparently uncoordinated, censored Mr. Trump and others who allegedly incited violence in Washington, DC.
“This moment in time may require this dynamic, but in the long run it will be detrimental to the noble purpose 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 can still feel very much the same.”
In an effort to help combat this, Dorsey said he is working on a platform that can serve as “a basic Internet technology that is not controlled or influenced by a single person or entity.”
So far, however, he said global public discourse is the “best and most relevant” solution.
“Everything we learn in this moment will enhance our efforts and push us to be what we are: one humanity working together.”
Sir. Trump addressed censorship on social media on Wednesday in his first video message after Parliament accused him of calling for a resurrection for “intentional incitement to violence against the US government” on January 6.
After condemning last week’s riots at the Capitol – without taking ownership of any of the incentives he has been accused of – Mr Trump spoke of the “unprecedented attack on freedom of expression we have seen in recent days.”
Shortly after the riotspermanently suspended Mr. Trump’s personal account, and suspended his account for the remainder of his presidency. On Tuesday, temporarily banned Mr. Trump to upload new content.
Meanwhile, “freedom of speech” platformwas suspended from the Apple and Google app stores and eventually shut down by Amazon Web Services for its lack of moderate content calling for violence. Several posts showed Trump supporters urging others to take part in a “million-militia march” on Jan. 20 and about “patriots” to take their weapons to Washington.
Many individuals called for another civil war because Mr. Trump lost the election.
“These are tense and difficult times. Efforts to censor, annul and blacklist our fellow citizens are wrong and they are dangerous,” Mr Trump said in the video posted on his White House Twitter account. “What is needed now is that we listen to each other, not to silence each other. We can all by our actions choose to rise above the ranger and find common ground and common purpose.”