Jack Dorsey says Khamenei’s threatening, antisemitic tweets don’t violate Twitter rules

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey admitted Wednesday while testifying before the Senate Commerce Committee that his platform allows Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei to tweet antisemitic and threatening messages simply because world leaders who engage in “saber-rattling” are protected under Twitter rules.

Chairman Wicker pointed out, “I have a tweet here from Mr. Ajit Pai. Mr. Ajit Pai is the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission and he recounts some four tweets by the Iranian dictator Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, which Twitter did not place a public lable on. All four of them glorified violence.”

Wicker then quoted to the following of Khamenei’s tweets:

Wicker asked Dorsey, “I would simply point out that these tweets are still up, Mr. Dorsey, and how is it that they are acceptable to be there?…. How, Mr. Dorsey, is that acceptable based on your policies at Twitter?”

Dorsey replied, “Well, we believe it’s important for everyone to hear from global leaders and we have policies around world leaders. We want to make sure that we are respecting their right to speak and to publish what they need. But if there’s a violation of our terms of service, we want to label it and…”

Wicker interrupted asking, “They’re still up, do they violate your terms of service, Mr. Dorsey?”

Dorsey responded, “We did not find those to violate our terms of service because we consider them saber-rattling, which is part of the speech of world leaders in concert with other countries. Speech against our own people or a country’s own citizens we believe is different and can cause more immediate harm.”

Dorsey earlier defended Twitter’s instantaneous fact-checking of President Donald Trump’s tweets about mail-in ballots.