Dorsey says banning Trump was right decision but sets dangerous precedent

Platform Industry News: Twitter

Twitter Inc CEO Jack Dorsey has stated that banning President Trump out of the social networking platform following last week’s violence at the US Capitol building was the “right decision,” but admitted that it sets a dangerous precedent.

San Francisco-based Twitter last week eliminated Trump’s account, which had 88 million followers, mentioning the risk of further violence following the storming of the Capitol by fans of this president.

“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.”

The ban drew criticism from some Republicans who said it quelled the president’s right to free speech. German Chancellor Angela Merkel also warned through a spokesman that legislators, not private businesses, should pick on potential curbs to free expression.

In his Twitter ribbon,” Dorsey explained he took no pride at the ban, “Offline harm as a result of online speech is demonstrably real, and what drives our policy and enforcement above all.”

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Nevertheless, he added, “While there are clear and obvious exceptions, I feel a ban is a failure of ours ultimately to promote healthy conversation.”

Twitter has released a series of steps over the last year like labels, warnings and distribution restrictions to reduce the demand for decisions about removing content entirely from the ceremony.

Dorsey has said that he considers those steps can promote more fruitful, or “healthy,” conversations on the internet and lessen the impact of terrible behaviour.

The Twitter CEO added that prohibits by social networking companies on Trump following last week’s violence were emboldened by one another’s actions although they weren’t coordinated. But in the long term, the precedent set “will be destructive to the noble purpose and ideals of the open internet,” he said.

Supporters of Trump who’s made baseless claims challenging Democrat Joe Biden’s victory in the November election, stormed the US Capitol on Wednesday, trying to stop the certification by Congress of Biden’s Electoral College win.

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On Wednesday, Trump became the first president in US history to be impeached twice.

The team at Platform Executive hope you have enjoyed this news article. Translation from English to other languages via Google Cloud Translation. Initial reporting via our official content partners at Thomson Reuters. Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru and Katie Paul in San Francisco. Editing by Peter Henderson and Leslie Adler.

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