Twitter chief Jack Dorsey on Wednesday supported US President Donald Trump’s ban on the messaging site,but said it sets a “dangerous” precedent and reflects a failure to facilitate healthy social networking conversation.
“It has real and significant ramifications to have to ban an account,” Dorsey said in a series of tweets about his take on the company’s decision to permanently bar the president late last week.
“While there are clear and obvious exceptions, I believe that a ban is
ultimately a failure for us to encourage healthy conversation,” Dorsey said, welcoming user input.
Since a violent group of his supporters invaded the Capitol in Washington last week, Trump’s access to social media outlets that he used as a megaphone during his presidency has been largely cut off.
Yahoo, Instagram, Twitch, and Snapchat were all banned, in
addition to Twitter, although YouTube temporarily suspended its channel.
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Twitter, however, was the go-to tool of the Republican billionaire, which he used to personally interact with some 88 million followers on a regular basis, posting everything from proclamations to allegations and spreading disinformation across the website.
In the run-up to the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden, social media operators say the embittered leader might have used his accounts to foment further trouble.
Twitter took it one step further on Monday, reporting that it had also removed “more than 70,000 accounts” connected to the far-right
theory of the QAnon conspiracy that says Trump is fighting a covert war against a global liberal cult of pedophiles adoring Satan.