Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter, launched a thread of 13 posts talking about how it was decided to delete Donald Trump’s account during the attack on the Capitol.
The events of January 6, 2021 they scarred the United States. The invasion of a group of Donald Trump supporters to the Capitol meant a before and after for many. Including for Twitter.
The social network made the decision to permanently suspend the president’s account, after having promoted the assault. Five people were killed, including protesters and police defending the headquarters of Congress during Joe Biden’s certification as president-elect.
Jack dorsey, CEO of Twitter, explained the reasons that led to the suspension and what it meant for the network. He also spoke about the debate on the power of a person in freedom of expression and its limit in the face of violent acts.
The most important words of Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter
« I’m not celebrating or proud that we have to sanction @realDonaldTrump from Twitter, or how we got here, » Dorsey began. « After a clear warning, we made a decision with the best information we had. »
« I think this was the right decision for Twitter, » defended the CEO. « We faced an extraordinary and unsustainable circumstance that forced us to focus all our actions on public safety. »
« The offline harm as a result of online speech is demonstrably real, » he stressed.
Jack further clarified: « I think the ban is ultimately our failure to promote healthy conversation. »
“Having to take these actions fragments the public conversation. It divides us. It limits the potential for clarification, redemption and learning ”.
And I set a precedent that I consider dangerous: the power that an individual or corporation has over a part of global public opinion ”.
“Yes, we must all critically analyze inconsistencies in our policy and enforcement. Yes, we must analyze how our service could incentivize distraction and harm. » And he added: « Yes, we need more transparency in our moderation operations. »
« (But) all of this cannot erode a free and open global Internet. »
To read Jack Dorsey’s full thread on the decision to permanently suspend Donald Trump, you can watch it here.
I do not celebrate or feel pride in our having to ban @realDonaldTrump from Twitter, or how we got here. After a clear warning we’d take this action, we made a decision with the best information we had based on threats to physical safety both on and off Twitter. Was this correct?
– jack (@jack) January 14, 2021