It was the right decision to close Trump’s account, according to Twitter’s top executive, who also sees a danger in doing so.
Twitter’s exclusion of President Donald Trump’s account on social media was the “right decision.” But the exclusion also sets a dangerous precedent.
This is what Twitter’s CEO, Jack Dorsey, writes in a series of tweets on Thursday night.
– I do not celebrate or feel proud that we had to exclude Donald Trump from Twitter, or how we got here, he begins.
Dorsey further explains that Twitter acted on the basis of the information available based on threats to physical security both on and off Twitter.
– I think it was the right decision for Twitter. We faced an extraordinary and unsustainable situation that forced us to focus all our actions on public safety.
– Doing harm offline as a result of speaking online is demonstrably real and what first and foremost drives our policy and enforcement, writes the director.
Jack Dorsey believes that in the end, it is Twitter that has failed when social media has had to ban Trump’s account.
The fault lies in the fact that Twitter has failed to “promote healthy conversation”.
Dorsey acknowledges that such an extreme act as exclusion “fragments public discourse and divides us.”
– Such actions limit the possibility of clarification, salvation and learning. And they are setting a precedent that I feel is dangerous: the power that an individual or a company has over part of the global public discourse, he writes.
On the night of Saturday, January 9, Danish time, Twitter permanently closed Trump’s account on social media. It came after Congress was stormed by hundreds of supporters of the president on Wednesday.
The rationale from Twitter was that the exclusion is done for fear that Donald Trump’s postings will lead to more violence.
Since the start of his presidential campaign in 2015, Trump has used Twitter as his primary mouthpiece.
/ ritzau /
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