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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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Devin Nunes Retiring From Congress To Head Trump’s Social Media Company

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Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) is leaving Congress at the end of this month to become the CEO of former President Trump’s new social media company.

“The time has come to reopen the Internet and allow for the free flow of ideas and expression without censorship,” Nunes said. “The United States of America made the dream of the Internet a reality and it will be an American company that restores the dream. I’m humbled and honored President Trump has asked me to lead the mission and the world-class team that will deliver on this promise.”

“Devin understands that we must stop the liberal media and Big Tech from destroying the freedoms that make America great,” Trump said in a statement. “America is ready for TRUTH Social and the end to censorship and political discrimination.”

Nunes is currently serving his 10th term in Congress and has been praised for his work in discrediting the Steele Dossier.

As the New York Post reported, “In 2019, Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz found that the bureau’s Russia investigation was littered with errors and relied heavily on the [Steele Dossier], while former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe admitted to lawmakers last year that he would not have approved a June 2017 warrant application to monitor Page had he known the source of the supporting evidence.”

“As the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, with the entire weight of the legacy media and Washington establishment bearing down on him, Devin stood by his convictions on behalf of his constituents and hardworking Americans across the country,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said in a statement.

“And every step of the way, Devin was proven right. There is no better person prepared to compete head-to-head and lead an alternative to the big tech and big media cartel that has carried water for the Democrat Party for years than Devin.”

“Devin’s departure leaves a gaping hole in this institution, but his dedication to our country will persist,” McCarthy added.

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