Twitter cancelled the account of US President Trump last week after supporters swept the Capitol because of the danger of violence.
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said that after the violence in the U.S. Capitol last week, it was the “right decision” to ban U.S. President Donald Trump from his social media platform. , But that this is a dangerous precedent.
The San Francisco-based Twitter deleted Trump’s account last week, which had 88 million followers, on the grounds that there may be further violence after the president’s supporters swept the Capitol.
Dorsey said on Twitter: “These actions must be taken to distract public conversations.”
The ban has attracted criticism from some Republicans who say it prohibits the president’s right to freedom of speech. German Chancellor Merkel also warned through a spokesperson that lawmakers, not private companies, should decide to restrict the possibility of freedom of speech.
Dorsey said in his Twitter thread that although he is not proud of the ban, “offline injuries due to online speeches are clearly real, and this drives our policies and enforcement in the first place.”
I am not thankful or proud that we had to ban @realDonaldTrump from Twitter or how we got here. After a clear warning, we will take this action, and we will make a decision based on the best information we have based on threats to personal safety on and off Twitter. Is this correct?
— Jack (@jack) January 14, 2021
Even so, he added: “Despite the obvious exceptions, I still believe that the ban is our failure to promote a healthy dialogue in the end.”
Twitter has introduced a series of measures in the past year, such as tags, warnings and distribution restrictions, to reduce the need to make a decision to completely remove content from the service.
Dorsey has said that he believes these measures can promote more productive or “healthy” online conversations and reduce the impact of bad behavior.
The Twitter chief executive added that despite the social media company’s ban on Trump following last week’s violence, despite their weak coordination, their actions made them timid. But in the long run, the set of precedents “will undermine the noble purpose and ideals of the open Internet,” he said.
Trump’s supporters have repeatedly made unfounded claims to challenge Democrat Joe Biden’s victory in the November election. He stormed into the U.S. Capitol on January 6 to try to prevent Congress from passing by The certification won by the electoral college.
On Wednesday, Trump became the first president in American history to be impeached twice.