On Friday afternoon, former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey turned to the platform he helped create to talk about the future, days after the company was bought by Elon Musk for $44 billion. In the fuzzy threadDorsey said he doesn’t believe in permanent bans other than illegal activities.
“As I’ve said before, I don’t believe a permanent ban (excluding illegal activities) is right, or should be possible. That’s why we need a protocol that can withstand the layers above,” said Dorsey, who resigned from Twitter in November 2021 and currently serves as Block Head of Block.
I’ve been trying to take a break from Twitter recently, but I have to say, the company has always tried its best given the information it had. Every decision we made was ultimately my responsibility*. In the cases where we were wrong or went too far, we admitted it and tried to correct it.
— jack⚡️ (@jack) April 29, 2022
While Dorsey’s thread didn’t name names, there’s a possibility he’s referencing some of Twitter’s most controversial moments that surfaced during Musk’s purchase of Twitter — including the platform’s choice to remove former President Donald J. Trump from the platform. and The New York Post’s temporary ban after it published an article about the laptop belonging to Hunter, the son of US President Joe Biden. The chief legal officer of social media giant Vijaya Gadde was recently attacked online by trolls after Musk posted a meme about her.
With this storm in mind, Dorsey’s words today shed a very soft, dim light on his stance on whether controversial figures, even those who spread misinformation, should be allowed on stage.
“Some things can be solved immediately, and others require rethinking and re-implementation of the entire system. I think it is important that we receive critical feedback in all its forms, but also that we are given the space and time to tackle it. That should all be done in public,” Dorsey said in the same Twitter thread.
Earlier this week, Dorsey said that “Elon is the only solution I trust…I trust his mission to expand the light of consciousness.” But there’s a tension there: If Dorsey believes in Musk, but Musk tweets memes at the expense of Twitter’s executive team, is Twitter really on track to become more transparent? As Dorsey said, the company “needs space and time to” address some of its most critical feedback. Morality plays a role in reconstruction.
“It’s about how the service works and acts, and how quickly it learns and improves,” Dorsey said in today’s tweetstorm. “My biggest shortcoming was that speed part. I’m confident that at least part will be addressed and repaired.”
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