‘Dangerous’: Twitter CEO defends Trump ban, warns about precedent


Twitter eliminated US President Trump’s account final week citing danger of violence after storming of Capitol by his supporters.Twitter Inc Chief Executive Jack Dorsey says that banning United States President Donald Trump from its social media platform after final week’s violence on the US Capitol was the “right decision” however mentioned it units a harmful precedent.
San Francisco-based Twitter final week eliminated Trump’s account, which had 88 million followers, citing the danger of additional violence following the storming of the Capitol by supporters of the president.
“Having to take these actions fragment the public conversation,” Dorsey mentioned on Twitter. “They divide us. They limit the potential for clarification, redemption, and learning. And sets a precedent I feel is dangerous: the power an individual or corporation has over a part of the global public conversation.”
The ban drew criticism from some Republicans who mentioned it quelled the president’s proper to free speech. German Chancellor Angela Merkel additionally warned by a spokesman that legislators, not non-public firms, ought to resolve on potential curbs to free expression.
In his Twitter thread, Dorsey mentioned that whereas he took no pleasure within the ban, “Offline harm as a result of online speech is demonstrably real, and what drives our policy and enforcement above all.”

I don’t rejoice or really feel pleasure in our having to ban @actualDonaldTrump from Twitter, or how we received right here. After a transparent warning we’d take this motion, we decided with one of the best info we had primarily based on threats to bodily security each on and off Twitter. Was this right?
— jack (@jack) January 14, 2021

Even so, he added, “While there are clear and obvious exceptions, I feel a ban is a failure of ours ultimately to promote healthy conversation.”
Twitter has launched a sequence of measures during the last yr resembling labels, warnings and distribution restrictions to cut back the necessity for choices about eradicating content material fully from the service.
‘Healthy’ conversations
Dorsey has mentioned he believes these measures can promote extra fruitful, or “healthy,” conversations on-line and reduce the impact of unhealthy behaviour.
The Twitter CEO added that bans by social media firms on Trump after final week’s violence have been emboldened by one another’s actions despite the fact that they weren’t coordinated. But in the long run, the precedent set “will be destructive to the noble purpose and ideals of the open internet,” he mentioned.
Supporters of Trump who has repeatedly made baseless claims difficult Democrat Joe Biden’s victory within the November election, stormed the US Capitol on January 6, making an attempt to halt the certification by Congress of Biden’s Electoral College win.
On Wednesday, Trump turned the primary president in US historical past to be impeached twice.