“I’m not proud to have to ban Trump, but …”: Jack Dorsey

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Jack Dorsey said he was not proud of Trump’s ban. (FILE)

Twitter Inc chief executive Jack Dorsey said Wednesday that banning President Donald Trump from his social media platform after last week’s violence on the U.S. Capitol was the “right move,” but said it set a dangerous precedent.

San Francisco-based Twitter last week deleted Trump’s account, which had 88 million followers, citing the risk of further violence following the assault on Capitol Hill by supporters of the president.

“Having to take these steps fragments the public conversation,” Dorsey said on Twitter. “They divide us. They limit the potential for clarification, redemption, and learning. And sets a precedent that I find dangerous: the power that an individual or business has over part of the global public conversation.”

The ban drew criticism from some Republicans who said it stifled the president’s right to free speech. German Chancellor Angela Merkel also warned through a spokesperson that lawmakers, not private companies, should decide on potential brakes on free speech.

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In his Twitter feed, Dorsey said that while he was not proud of the ban, “the offline damage resulting from online speech is clearly real, and what drives our policy and enforcement above all else. . “

Even so, he added, “While there are clear and obvious exceptions, I think a ban is a failure on our part to promote healthy conversation.”

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Twitter introduced a series of measures over the past year, such as labels, warnings and distribution restrictions, to reduce the need to make decisions regarding the complete removal of content from the service.

Dorsey said he believes these measures can promote more fruitful or “healthy” conversations online and reduce the impact of bad behavior.

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The Twitter CEO added that social media company bans on Trump after the violence last week were emboldened by each other’s actions, even if they were uncoordinated. But in the long run, the precedent “will be destructive to the lofty goal and ideals of the Open Internet,” he said.

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Trump supporters, who have repeatedly made baseless claims contesting Democrat Joe Biden’s victory in the November election, stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, trying to end Congressional certification of victory of the Biden Electoral College.

On Wednesday, Trump became the first president in U.S. history to be impeached twice.

(This story was not edited by The Bharat Express News on Social Platforms.)

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