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.”
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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The vile act of politicizing horrific tragedies such as the Uvalde, Texas elementary school massacre, has been in full force. Democrat Beto O’Rourke “was escorted out of Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott’s press conference Wednesday after he showed up and heckled the governor in the middle of an update on the elementary school massacre in Uvalde” reports The Blaze.
Beto is a former congressman from El Paso, Texas as well as a Democratic presidential nominee briefly for the 2020 elections. During his time, he campaigned hard on his support for a mandatory gun buyback scheme.
The Blaze reported on Beto’s behavior at Abbott’s press conference:
As Abbott was finishing his remarks to reporters, O’Rourke, the Democratic candidate for governor, stood up and began speaking about the need for gun control legislation.
“Excuse me,” Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said as O’Rourke ignored him and went on about how “the time has come to put a stop” to gun violence. O’Rourke did not have a microphone, and most of his comments were inaudible.
“Sit down!” shouted Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) as the Democrat kept speaking.
“You’re out of line and an embarrassment!” Patrick told O’Rourke, while others began raising their voices.
“You are doing nothing!” O’Rourke yelled at Abbott as police officers began to march him out of the room.
“You need to get his a** out of here, this isn’t the place to talk this over,” said Uvalde Mayor Don Mclaughlin, calling O’Rourke a “sick son of a b****.”
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