Former Twitter CEO reacts to Musk’s plan to unban Trump — Analysis
Co-founder of Twitter said that he is generally “agrees” that there should not be permanent suspensions of individual users, after billionaire and newly-minted owner of the social media giant Elon Musk promised to reverse the ban on former US President Donald Trump after the acquisition is completed.
Jack Dorsey tweeted that Tesday “generally permanent bans are a failure of ours and don’t work,” listing several notable exceptions like child sexual exploitation, spam, “network manipulation”Other “illegal behavior.”
Dorsey, however, also quoted-tweeted his statement after the Jan 6 Capitol Riot. In which Dorsey had attempted to explain why the controversial decision to silence President Trump was made “was the right decision” driven by “the best information we had based on threats to physical safety both on and off Twitter.”
I do agree. There are exceptions (CSE, illegal behaviour, spam or network manipulation, etc), but generally permanent bans are a failure of ours and don’t work, which I wrote about here after the event (and called for a resilient social media protocol): https://t.co/fQ9KnrCQGX
— jack⚡️ (@jack) May 10, 2022
“If folks do not agree with our rules and enforcement, they can simply go to another internet service,”He said that at the time. He acknowledged that it might be difficult to find an alternative. “when a number of foundational internet tool providers also decided not to host what they found dangerous,” but denied the effort to silence conservative voices was in any way “coordinated.”
Trump was nearly simultaneously banned from Twitter and Facebook while still in Office. It is believed that Trump’s tweets concerning alleged voter corruption in 2020 would cause concern. “risk of further incitement of violence.”
“I would reverse the permanent ban,” Elon Musk said on Tuesday at the Financial Times’ Future of the Car calling it a “morally bad decision… and foolish in the extreme,”This “alienated a large part of the country and did not ultimately result in Donald Trump not having a voice.”
Trump had previously said that he would not be returning to Twitter even if the account was reinstated.
Dorsey stepped down as Twitter’s chief executive last November after leading the company since its founding in 2006, tapping CTO Parag Agrawal to take his place. Last month Musk reached a yet-to-be-finalized deal to purchase Twitter for $44 billion, a move some users on the platform believe will herald a return to the days of more open discussion, given the Tesla tycoon’s self-professed status as a “free speech absolutist.”
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