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Twitter CEO: Trump ban is ‘right’ but sets a ‘dangerous’ precedent

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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said that banning President Donald Trump from the platform was the “right decision” but recognized it has “real and significant ramifications.”

Wednesday night, in a 13-tweet thread, Dorsey said the “offline harm” caused by Trump’s tweets led the company to ban the president from Twitter.

Twitter banned Trump following the riot at the U.S. Capitol last week due to “the risk of further incitement of violence.” Many big tech companies followed suit, including Facebook, Reddit, Pinterest, Snapchat and YouTube, who have suspended Trump’s accounts temporarily and in some cases, permanently.

Dorsey said he faced “extraordinary and untenable circumstances” surrounding Trump’s permanent suspension.

Further, Dorsey noted that having to take these actions “fragment the public conversation.”

“They divide us,” he continued. “They limit the potential for clarification, redemption, and learning.”

Moreover, He admitted that the power of his corporation in the “global public conversation” has set a “dangerous” precedent.

Dorsey continued, saying that if users do not agree with Twitter’s policies, they can go to a different internet service. But after last week, this concept was challenged.

“The check and accountability on this power has always been the fact that a service like Twitter is one small part of the larger public conversation happening across the internet. If folks do not agree with our rules and enforcement, they can simply go to another internet service,” Dorsey said.

“This concept was challenged last week when a number of foundational internet tool providers also decided not to host what they found dangerous. I do not believe this was coordinated. More likely: companies came to their own conclusions or were emboldened by the actions of others.”

Dorsey acknowledged that the ability for companies to shut down users’ accounts “will be destructive to the noble purpose and ideals of the open internet.”

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Finally, Dorsey concluded his thread by saying, “I believe the internet and global public conversation is our best and most relevant method of achieving this. I also recognize it does not feel that way today. Everything we learn in this moment will better our effort, and push us to be what we are: one humanity working together.”

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Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar kicked off House Foreign Affairs Committee

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Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar was voted off the House Foreign Affairs Committee Thursday. The action was expected, as Republican members of Congress had criticized Omar’s antisemetic and anti-American rhetoric.

After intense debating on the House floor, the resolution passed with a 218-211 vote. Democrats attempted to pull the race card, accusing Republican House members of racism for removing Omar from the committee.

Omar also accused House Republicans of racism, saying, “I am Muslim, I am an immigrant, and interestingly, from Africa…Is anyone surprised that I am being targeted? Is anyone surprised that I am somehow deemed unworthy to speak about American foreign policy, or that they see me as a powerful voice that needs to be silenced?”

“There is this idea that you are a suspect if you are an immigrant or if you are from certain parts of the world or certain skin tone or a muslim.” Omar said during the heated debate. A fiery Alexandria Ocasia Cortez also chimed in shouting, “This is an attack on women of color!”

Republican Rep. Nicole Malliotakis, from New York, said she had personally witnessed Omar spew anti-American rhetoric. Malliotakis said, “I have been in that committee room where, the representative, equates Israel and the United States to Hamas and the Taliban. Absolutely unacceptable for a member of that committee.”

A four-page resolution was written for the justification of removing Omar from the house Foreign Affairs Committee. The resolution states that in 2019, Omar suggested that Jewish people were buying U.S. political support when she posted on Twitter, “it’s all about the Benjamins, baby.”

Omar also commented on the September 11th attacks saying, “some people did something.” This type of comment is unacceptable for any representative who is sitting on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, lawmakers said.

In the resolution it states that members of this committee should all be held to an “equal standard of conduct due to the international sensitivities and national security concerns under the jurisdiction of this committee.”

 

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