Banning Trump Set Dangerous Precedent, Furthered Division — Twitter CEO

Twitter CEO says banning Trump right decision but set dangerous precedent

But Mr Trump won't be removed from office early as a result of impeachment, with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell saying there is not time to.

US President Donald Trump addresses supporters during a campaign rally at MBS International Airport in Freeland, Michigan on 10 September 2020.

He, however, said that this idea was challenged when a "number of foundational internet tool providers also decided not to host what they found dangerous", pointing to many companies banning Trump's account.

Twitter permanently banned Trump from its platform on January 8, two days after a mob broke into the U.S. Capitol during a joint session of Congress convened to vet and certify the results of the 2020 presidential election.

At the same time, Twitter and other social networks have usually given special treatment to most politicians, allowing their accounts to remain online after statements that would get ordinary users banned. But he lamented that the move was divisive and sets a precedent that Dorsey said is unsafe to a "free and open global internet". Questions about the role that social media platforms - large ones like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snap, and Reddit as well as fringe upstarts like Parler, Gab, and MeWe - played in radicalizing, connecting, inciting, and abetting extremists has come into sharp focus following last week's violence at the US Capitol. Dorsey also said that he felt the decision to suspend the account was a failure on the company's part to promote a healthy conversation.

While Mr Dorsey backed the decision on Twitter on Thursday, he said having to ban an account had "real and significant ramifications".

Twitter has introduced a series of measures in the past year such as labels, warnings and distribution restrictions to reduce the need for decisions about removing content entirely from the service. "And a time for us to reflect on our operations and the environment around us".

Trump's access to social media platforms that he used as a megaphone during his presidency has been largely cut off since a violent mob of his supporters stormed the Capitol in Washington last week.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel also warned through a spokesman that legislators, not private companies, should decide on potential curbs to free expression.

"This concept was challenged last week when a number of foundational internet tool providers also decided not to host what they found risky. this moment in time might call for this dynamic, but over the long term it will be destructive to the noble goal and ideals of the open internet". Trump with a permanent suspension for future violations of its rules.

Detractors of other major social media companies believe Big Tech, and specifically Twitter and Facebook, need more checks and balances and they need to take more control of harmful messages, not less.

Dorsey expressed concern about the collective power of technology companies to silence someone like Trump in unison. "No matter the ultimate direction, we will do this work completely through public transparency", said Dorsey.



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