Twitter CEO, Jack Dorsey defends Donald Trump Twitter ban

Twitter CEO, Jack Dorsey, in a series of Tweets, has defended the social media giant’s decision to ban Donald Trump from the platform.

He revealed that he felt banning US President’s account was the right move for the social network.

Five days ago, Twitter permanently banned Trump’s account “due to the risk of further incitement of violence,” the company said in a statement.

Initially, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter temporarily had only suspended US President Donald Trump from their social media platforms following posts related to the Capitol invasion on Wednesday, 6 January 2020.

The ban was effected two days after the president was accused of inciting a mob that broke into the US Capitol to disrupt Congress.

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Trump was also banned indefinitely by Facebook that day. Yesterday, YouTube suspended his account. The president was banned from Snapchat as well today.

Dorsey blamed Twitter’s failure “to promote healthy conversation,” stating that Twitter needed to look critically at inconsistencies of its policy and enforcement. He went on to say that social platforms needed more transparency around moderation.

Offline harm as a result of online speech is demonstrably real, and what drives our policy and enforcement above all,” he wrote.

Banning the @RealDonaldTrump Twitter account had “real and significant ramifications,” Dorsey wrote. Dorsey said that the widespread suspension of the president by many platforms challenged the notion that if people didn’t like Twitter’s rules, they could simply go somewhere else. And though the president can issue a press release or call a press conference whenever he wishes — or simply go on television — Dorsey expressed concern that the enforcement actions might “erode a free and open global internet.

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