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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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Biden’s education secretary vows to shut down the largest Christian university in the US

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After Department of Education Secretary Miguel Cardona vowed to shut down Grand Canyon University (GCU), the largest Christian university in the U.S., GCU officials are pushing back, telling Fox News Digital the crackdown stems from “deeply held bias.”

In response to Cardona’s comment about shutting down universities like GCU, a GCU spokesperson told Fox News Digital that “officials continue to make derogatory and inflammatory public statements that are legally and factually incorrect and not shared by any of the other 26 regulatory and accrediting bodies that oversee GCU.”

“The Secretary’s comments to the House Appropriations Committee were so reckless that GCU is demanding an immediate retraction, as they do not reflect the factual record in this case. He is either confused, misinformed or does not understand the actions taken by his own agency,” the spokesperson added.

The president of GCU previously expressed to Fox News Digital sentiments of being “unfairly targeted.”

Grand Canyon University President Brian Mueller told FOX News Digital in October why he believes the university is being targeted by the Department of Education.

Cardona made comments during a House Appropriations Committee hearing about cracking down on GCU and other universities like it on April 10.

Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., asked Cardona how the administration is working to shut down GCU, which she called “a predatory for-profit school.”

Cardona openly embraced their enforcement methods, declaring “we are cracking down not only to shut them down, but to send a message to not prey on students.”

“Last year, your Department took action against Grand Canyon University, a predatory for-profit college, over the school’s failure to accurately disclose its cost to students, driving up the true cost for those students requiring for them to pay for continuation courses before they would graduate – scam courses added about $10,000 or more to the cost of education to these kids,” DeLauro said.

“Going after predatory schools preying on first generation students. They have flashy marketing materials, but the product is not worth the paper it is printed on. Increased enforcement budget to go after these folks and crack down. Levied largest fine in history against a school that lied about costs and terminated a school from Title IV. We are cracking down not only to shut them down, but to send a message not to prey on students,” Cardona responded.

GCU appealed a $37.7 million fine imposed by the department in November on allegations that the Arizona-based higher learning institution misled students about the cost of its doctoral programs over several years.

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