Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said Wednesday that he thought the company had permanently stopped President Donald Trump’s account after the violence erupted on Capitol Hill last week, but it was a decision he is not celebrating.
Dorsey said in a series, “We faced an extraordinary and volatile situation, forcing us to focus all our actions on public safety. Offline speech as a result of online speech is demonstrative, and our policy and enforcement Influences. ” Tweets.
Still, banning Trump from the stage has consequences and reflects Twitter’s failure to “promote healthy conversation” on his site, he said. Dorsey’s comment highlights how social media companies are often trying to balance various interests as they face more scrutiny for offensive content from police that may spark violence.
Twitter permanently banned Trump’s account on Friday after temporarily locking it for several hours for violating its rules. Despite having asked Trump to boot up on Twitter in the past, the company has labeled some of the president’s comments about voter fraud rather than pulling him down due to public interest.
Last week, Twitter said two of Trump’s tweets violated his rules against glorifying violence, imposing permanent sanctions. In a tweet, Trump said he would not attend the inauguration of President-Elect Joe Biden on January 20. In another tweet, Trump called his supporters, whom he called “American patriots”, “a huge tall voice” future “and “Won’t be insulted or treated in any way, shape or form inappropriately !!!” In keeping with recent events, Twitter said the two tweets were “likely to encourage people to commit and repeat criminal acts” that took place in the US Capitol in which five people were killed.
The unprecedented move increased tensions between Twitter and conservatives who say their speech is being censored by social media sites. Twitter has repeatedly denied those allegations. Other tech companies have either closed Trump’s accounts or banned them from their platforms.Wednesday was the latest company to permanently ban Trump before the inauguration.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Social media companies have criticized him for stopping it, calling the move “a sinister mistake”. “They are divided and divisive, and they are showing something that I have been predicting for a long time,” he told reporters on Tuesday.
Dorsey, who promoted cryptocurrency bitcoin in his tweet, said that banning an account could also set a “dangerous precedent”, as the power a person or company receives in public speech. Amazon, Apple and Google booted Parlar, a social network popular among conservatives, from its services last week. Parler is currently offline and it is unclear whether and when the service will return online.
Dorsey tweeted, “This time may call for this dynamic, but in the long run it will be disastrous for open purpose and ideals.” “A business decision-making company to liberalize itself is different from removing access by a government, yet can feel a lot.”