Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has admitted that his company’s decision to ban President Donald J. Trump is dangerous and a failure of the company.
Yet it has continued.
Dorsey wrote on Twitter that “having to ban an account has real and significant ramifications.”
“While there are clear and obvious exceptions, I feel a ban is a failure of ours ultimately to promote healthy conservatives,” Dorsey wrote. “And a time for us to reflect on our operations and the environment around us.”
Dorsey said he doesn’t celebrate or take pride in banning President Trump, but they had to make a decision “with the best information” they had.
Ultimately, he said he believes it was the right decision.
But he then acknowledged Twitter’s actions fragment the public conversation.
“They divide us,” he said. “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.”
Dorsey hints at the decision by others in Big Tech to no longer host “what they found dangerous,” in this case more than likely Parler.
“I do not believe this was coordinated,” he wrote.
OK. At this point it’s difficult to read the rest of Dorsey’s statement.
Dorsey’s statement is an interesting read in which one thought completely contradicts the next. It’s like being inside someone’s head who is having a deep conversation with himself.
Dangerous precedent. Failure of the company.
That could have been it. He could’ve simply said Twitter made a mistake. And Twitter doesn’t control what anyone on the platform says, including President Trump.
But instead it wants to have total control over who can say anything on its platform.
And Dorsey is right, that is dangerous.