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'I am against permanent Twitter bans': Former CEO Jack Dorsey

While Dorsey’s thread didn’t name names, there’s a possibility that he’s referring to some of Twitter’s most controversial moments that have resurfaced amid Musk’s purchase of Twitter

FPJ Web Desk | Updated on: Saturday, April 30, 2022, 02:00 PM IST

Former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey | AFP
Former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey | AFP
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Former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on Saturday said that he is against permanently banning accounts on the platform unless they are involved in illegal activity.

Dorsey, who left Twitter in November 2021 to focus on his financial payments form Block (earlier Square), did not name any person but his tweet indicated former US President Donald Trump who was banned from the platform last year in the wake of the Capitol Hill violence.

"As I've said before, I don't believe any permanent ban (with the exception of illegal activity) is right, or should be possible. This is why we need a protocol that's resilient to the layers above," Dorsey said.

Twitter had also temporarily banned The New York Post after it published an article related to US President Joe Biden's son Hunter Biden.

Twitter's legal head Vijaya Gadde has recently been under attack from Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who is set to take over the micro-blogging site for $44 billion, for the same action.

"It is important to me that we get critical feedback in all of its forms, but also important that we get the space and time to address it. All of that should be done publicly," he added.

"I have tried taking a break from Twitter recently, but I must say: the company has always tried to do its best given the information it had. Every decision we made was ultimately my responsibility. In the cases we were wrong or went too far, we admitted it and worked to correct," he explained.

Earlier this week, Dorsey said that "Elon is the singular solution I trust, I trust his mission to extend the light of consciousness".

Musk has also said that Twitter must remain politically neutral if it wants to keep enjoying public trust.

While Dorsey’s thread didn’t name names, there’s a possibility that he’s referring to some of Twitter’s most controversial moments that have resurfaced amid Musk’s purchase of Twitter — including the platform’s choice to ban former President Donald J. Trump from the platform and the temporary ban of The New York Post after it published an article related to U.S. President Joe Biden’s son Hunter’s laptop.

The social media giant’s chief legal officer Vijaya Gadde has recently been under attack online from trolls after Musk posted a meme about her.

This storm in mind, Dorsey’s words today shed a very soft, dim light on his stance about whether controversial figures, even those who spread misinformation, should be allowed on the platform.

“Some things can be fixed immediately, and others require rethinking and reimplementing the entire system. It is important to me that we get critical feedback in all of its forms, but also important that we get the space and time to address it. All of that should be done publicly,” Dorsey said in the same Twitter thread.

(with inputs from IANS)

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Published on: Saturday, April 30, 2022, 02:00 PM IST