banning President Donald Trump but made the decision “with the best information we had based on threats to physical safety both on and off Twitter.”
Twitter, which had locked Trump out of his account for inflammatory posts after it said he incited supporters to storm the U.S. Capitol, permanently banned him two days later.
Late Wednesday, Dorsey opened up in a series of tweets detailing his reasoning on why this was “the right decision” for Twitter.
“We faced an extraordinary and untenable circumstance, forcing us to focus all of our actions on public safety,” Dorsey wrote. “Offline harm as a result of online speech is demonstrably real, and what drives our policy and enforcement above all.”
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banned the president, too. Snap said late Wednesday that it would make its ban permanent.
“This concept was challenged last week when a number of foundational internet tool providers also decided not to host what they found dangerous. I do not believe this was coordinated. More likely: companies came to their own conclusions or were emboldened by the actions of others,” Dorsey wrote.
Throughout Trump’s presidency, social media companies have wrestled with how to moderate one of their most popular and powerful users.
Time and again, Trump tested the boundaries of what he could say on the platform, violating Twitter’s rules against election misinformation, glorifying violence and falsehoods about COVID-19.
Trump’s suspension escalated grievances from the political right that the nation’s leading social media companies censor and silence conservatives.
“Twitter may ban me for this but I willingly accept that fate: Your decision to permanently ban President Trump is a serious mistake,” Sen. Lindsey Graham, a key ally of the president, tweeted at the time. “The Ayatollah can tweet, but Trump can’t. Says a lot about the people who run Twitter.”
“This moment in time might call for this dynamic, but over the long term it will be destructive to the noble purpose and ideals of the open internet,” Dorsey tweeted. “A company making a business decision to moderate itself is different from a government removing access, yet can feel much the same.”