Published: Thu, January 14, 2021
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Twitter CEO says banning Trump was right decision but sets dangerous precedent

Twitter CEO says banning Trump was right decision but sets dangerous precedent

"In the interest of public safety, and based on his attempts to spread misinformation, hate speech, and incite violence, which are clear violations of our guidelines, we have made the decision to permanently terminate his account", the spokesperson added.

However, he expressed sadness at what he described as the "extraordinary and untenable circumstances" surrounding Mr Trump's permanent suspension.

Donald Trump has since issued a statement urging supporters not to commit any more violence.

Mr Dorsey has said he believes those measures can promote more fruitful, or "healthy", conversations online and lessen the impact of bad behaviour.

Twitter had a hell of a last week, banning a sitting U.S. President from posting on the platform after said President incited a mob of supporters which ran riot over the Capitol, with the incident ending in five deaths and various people being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation for domestic terrorism.

Ultimately, having a bunch of major companies banning someone from the internet is a unsafe thing, Dorsey claims.

"The check and accountability on this power has always been the fact that a service like Twitter is one small part of the larger public conversation happening across the internet".

Mr Dorsey's warnings echoed those of tech critics and European leaders, who were alarmed by the ability of a handful of private companies to unilaterally de-platform their own country's head of state.

He has previously said he wants to repeal Section 230, a law protecting social media companies from being sued for the things people post.


Asserting that having to ban an account has real and significant ramifications and while there are clear and obvious exceptions, he said, "I feel a ban is a failure of ours ultimately to promote healthy conversation".

Twitter's decision to permanently suspend Trump is considered overdue by critics who argue he has gotten away with abuses, but has inflamed members of the far right who say it stifles free speech.

"This was the right decision for Twitter".

Mr Trump is the first president to be impeached twice.

Dozens of pro-Trump protesters had swarmed the US Capitol on Wednesday, disrupting a session to certify the results of the US Presidential elections and calling on lawmakers to undo Trump's loss, as per media reports. "And a time for us to reflect on our operations and the environment around us".

Dorsey broke his silence since the company's major decision in a series of tweets on Wednesday.

While defending the decision of the companies to impose such restrictions, he reiterated that it might be "destructive" to the goal of open internet over the long term.

Parler, an anti-Big Tech social media platform and Twitter competitor, has been removed from Apple and Google's app stores since Twitter banned Mr. "No matter the ultimate direction, we will do this work completely through public transparency", said Dorsey.

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