THE DECISION TO BAN TRUMP FROM TWITTER IS RIGHT BUT SETS A DANGEROUS PRECEDENT -JACK DORSEY
Twitter’s chief executive Jack Dorsey has said that the decision to ban US President Donald Trump was right but it sets a dangerous precedent.
In a series of tweets on Wednesday, Jack said he feels the ban is a failure to promote healthy conversations, reiterating that the US president was removed from the microblogging platform after "a clear warning".
Donald Trump, who has now become the first US president to be impeached twice, was permanently banned from Twitter for inciting a Pro-Trump mob to invade the Capitol.
The US president was checked several times by the microblogging site for posting misinformation and accusations via its platform.
I believe the internet and global public conversation is our best and most relevant method of achieving this. I also recognize it does not feel that way today. Everything we learn in this moment will better our effort, and push us to be what we are: one humanity working together.
— jack (@jack) January 14, 2021
In addition to losing access to his over 88 million followers on Twitter, other social media platforms including Facebook, Instagram, Twitch and Snapchat have cut Trump’s access to their apps. Youtube has also temporarily suspended his channel.
Donald Trump’s ban has triggered discussions on freedom of speech and how much power the management of social media platforms have to stifle that right in light of the growing importance of social media in the global village.
Responding to this concern, Mr Dorsey stated that Twitter users are free to leave to other social media platforms if they do not agree with its rules of enforcement.
“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. If folks do not agree with our rules and enforcement, they can simply go to another internet service,” Jack said.