Jack Dorsey Cites Bitcoin As Best Internet Model In Explaining Trump Ban


Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey spoke about his passion for Bitcoin and decentralization in a 13-tweet thread today explaining why the company banned US President Donald Trump from the platform last week. Although claiming it was the “right move for Twitter,” Dorsey admits it sets a dangerous precedent.

Trump was banned from Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and other social media platforms on January 7 after being accused of inciting supporters to storm the Capitol building, resulting in the deaths of four people. Social media have said they fear Trump is using them to “further incite violence.”

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In today’s Twitter thread, Dorsey provides a more in-depth explanation, admitting that the decision was not taken lightly and will have “real and significant ramifications.” He said that even though this event was simply “a business making the business decision to moderate”, it may sound very similar to “the government removing access”.

Dorsey Explain that he did not want Twitter’s unilateral action to “erode a free and open global Internet” and suggested that Bitcoin’s decentralization model is a better way to approach Internet control and moderation in the future .

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Bitcoin demonstrates “what the Internet wants to be, and over time it will be more,” adding:

“The reason I have so much passion for Bitcoin is in large part because of the model it demonstrates: a fundamental internet technology that is neither controlled nor influenced by a single person or entity.”

The CEO also reminded readers that Twitter is actively trying to move towards a decentralized future, “funding an initiative around an open decentralized standard for social media.”

Dorsey released the explanation as news of Trump’s impeachment by the House of Representatives emerged. The thread, although only two hours old, has already received over 41,000 likes.

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