Dorsey Explains President’s Twitter Ban
Donald Trump has made history by becoming the first president to be impeached twice. The vote to impeach President Trump came following the insurrection committed by Trump supporters, who stormed Capitol Hill contesting the results of the Presidential election.
Trump was banned from Twitter and CEO Jack Dorsey spoke on his choice through a series of tweets. Dorsey cited Trump’s ability to influence people through social media as a key component in causing the insurrection.
The insurrection which happened on January 6, resulted in five people dying including one U.S. Capitol Police Officer. Trump is being held responsible as the President due to his instigating the crowd to riot through speeches and tweets.
Since last week, Donald Trump has been banned from several social media platforms as a penalty for his actions. His bans from Twitter and Facebook were the most noteworthy as those were his main tools of communicating with the public.
While some people like Keri Hilson and Waka Flocka have claimed that Trump’s social media ban is suppressing his freedom of speech, Jack Dorsey had a very different view of the decision:
“I do not celebrate or feel pride in our having to ban @realDonaldTrump from Twitter, or how we got here.
After a clear warning, we’d take this action, we made a decision with the best information we had based on threats to physical safety both on and off Twitter. Was this correct? I believe this was the right decision for Twitter.
We faced an extraordinary and untenable circumstance, forcing us to focus all of our actions on public safety.
Offline harm as a result of online speech is demonstrably real, and what drives our policy and enforcement above all.”
Dorsey goes on to speak about how more can be done to make the open internet a better space for everyone to use.
He also admits that there should be more transparency from platforms like Twitter play a role in leading to moments like the insurrection.
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