In Wednesday night thread, Twitter CEO defends banning Trump but says it was a "dangerous" "failure"

Presidential ban has "real and significant ramifications," Jack Dorsey claims.

Published: January 13, 2021 8:06pm

Updated: January 13, 2021 8:21pm

Twitter co-founder and CEO Jack Dorsey on Wednesday evening composed a 13-tweet-long thread on the social media platform he leads in which he defended the company's recent permanent ban of President Donald Trump while still claiming that the ban constituted a "dangerous" "failure."

Dorsey, who helped found the microblogging platform in early 2006, said in the thread that, though banning Trump out of fears that he was promoting violence was "the right decision for Twitter," an account ban nevertheless "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 conversation," Dorsey said. "And a time for us to reflect on our operations and the environment around us."

In addition to fragmenting the public conversation, Dorsey said, such a ban "sets a precedent I feel is dangerous: the power an individual or corporation has over a part of the global public conversation."

Referring to the recent purge of the social media app Parler from multiple digital platforms, Dorsey argued that those moves "over the long term ... will be destructive to the noble purpose and ideals of the open internet."

"Everything we learn in this moment will better our effort, and push us to be what we are: one humanity working together," Dorsey said in the thread. 

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