Jack Dorsey on Donald Trump’s Twitter Ban: ‘Was That Right? ”

Dorsey’s thread of 13 tweets Wednesday night went from defending the ban, to lamenting its effects on public conversation, to bragging about Blue sky, the initiative to create an open decentralized standard for social media, which it introduced in December 2019.

He started with: “I’m not celebrating and I’m not proud of having to ban @realDonaldTrump from Twitter, nor how we got here. After making it clear that we were going to take this action, we made a decision with the best information we had based on the physical security threats on and off Twitter. Was this correct? I think it was the right move for Twitter. We have been faced with an extraordinary and untenable situation, which forces us to focus all our actions on public safety. The offline harms resulting from online speech are clearly real and what drives our policy and enforcement above all else. “

Dorsey lamented the effects of the ban, calling it a failure for Twitter to promote healthy conversation and saying actions like this “fragment the public conversation.” They divide us. They limit the potential for clarification, redemption and learning. And they set a precedent that I think is dangerous: the power that an individual or a company has over part of the global public debate. “

He said that while Twitter’s decision and other platforms was cautious at the time and in the short term, “in the long run it will harm the noble purpose and ideals of the Open Internet.”

Drawing on the theme of the open Internet, he said of Bluesky: “It will take time to build. We’re interviewing and hiring people, looking both to start from scratch or to contribute to something that already exists. Regardless of the final direction, we will do this work entirely through public transparency. “

Dorsey concluded with, “It’s important that we recognize that this is a time of great uncertainty and struggle for so many around the world. Our goal right now is to disarm as much as we can and to make sure we all build towards a greater common understanding and a more peaceful existence on earth. I believe the internet and global public conversation is our best and most relevant way to achieve this. I also agree that this is not the case today. Everything we learn right now will enhance our efforts and push us to be who we are: one humanity working together.

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