Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said on Wednesday that it was the “right decision” to ban President Donald Trump from his social media platform following the violence in the U.S. Capitol last week, but he said this It is a dangerous precedent.
The San Francisco-based Twitter deleted Trump’s account last week, which had 88 million followers, citing the possibility of further violence after the president’s supporters swept the Capitol.
Dorsey said: “These actions must be taken to distract public conversation.” On twitter. “They divide us. They limit the potential for clarification, redemption, and learning. They set a precedent that I think is dangerous: the power that individuals or companies have in global public conversations.”
The ban has attracted criticism from some Republicans who say it prohibits the president’s right to freedom of speech. German Chancellor Angela Merkel also warned through a spokesperson that lawmakers, not private companies, should decide to restrict the possibility of freedom of speech.
Dorsey said in his Twitter thread that although he is not proud of the ban, “offline harm caused by online speech is obviously real, and this drives our policy and enforcement in the first place.”
Even so, he added: “Despite the obvious and obvious exceptions, I still believe that the ban is a failure of our ultimate inability to promote healthy dialogue.”
Twitter introduced a series of measures last year, such as tags, warnings, and distribution restrictions, to reduce the need for decisions to remove content from the service entirely.
Dorsey said he believes these measures can promote more fruitful or “healthy” conversations online and reduce the impact of bad behavior.
The Twitter CEO added that the social media company’s ban on Trump following the violence last week was encouraged by each other’s actions, even if they were not coordinated. But in the long run, the set of precedents “will undermine the noble purpose and ideals of the open Internet,” he said.
Trump supporters who have repeatedly filed unfounded claims to challenge the Democrat Biden’s victory in the November election stormed into the US Congress on Wednesday to try to block the certification won by Biden’s Congressional Electoral College.
On Wednesday, Trump became the first president in American history to be impeached twice.
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