Trump ban is 'right' but 'dangerous — Twitter boss

Dorsey said the move was prudent in the short term but potentially damaging in the longer term     Twitter

Dorsey said the move was prudent in the short term but potentially damaging in the longer term Twitter

Dorsey addressed that issue in his statement, saying, "The check and accountability on this power has always been the fact that a service like Twitter is one small part of the larger public conversation happening across the internet".

Dorsey went on to plug the cryptocurrency Bitcoin, and to advocate for a "decentralized standard for social media" project called Blue Sky.

Following a brief suspension from the platform, Twitter warned US President Donald Trump that he would be permanently banned if he did not stop violating the platform's rules.

Twitter is far from the only major platform to oust Trump, with bans also in effect by Facebook plus Snapchat, and YouTube temporarily suspending his channel.

On Monday, the German chancellor's spokesperson said she found the social media ban "problematic".

I do not celebrate or feel pride in our having to ban @realDonaldTrump from Twitter, or how we got here.

"After a clear warning we'd take this action, we made a decision with the best information we had based on threats to physical safety both on and off Twitter".

Dorsey's comments came around an hour after the United States president informally returned to Twitter via a video tweeted by the official White House account.

In a statement, a company spokeswoman said Snapchat had chose to permanently ban Mr Trump's account "in the interest of public safety, and based on his attempts to spread misinformation, hate speech and incite violence". "Offline harm as a result of online speech is demonstrably real, and what drives our policy and enforcement above all", Dorsey added.

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Dorsey concluded with, "It's important that we acknowledge this is a time of great uncertainty and struggle for so many around the world".

Twitter chief executive Jack Dorsey says banning President Donald Trump from the social media platform after last week's violence at the US Capitol was the "right decision", but it sets a risky precedent. His attempt to overturn the election may have done just that.

Some conservatives fled to other social media platforms, particularly Parler, which was then blocked from iPhones by Apple, blocked from Android phones by Google, and taken offline completely by Amazon.

"Having to take these actions fragment the public conversation", he said. I do not believe this was coordinated.

"A company making a business decision to moderate itself is different from a government removing access, yet can feel much the same", said Mr Dorsey.

While defending the decision of the companies to impose such restrictions, he reiterated that it might be "destructive" to the goal of open internet over the long term.

Dorsey added that internet companies, including Twitter, need to look at inconsistencies of their policy and how their service can incentivise distraction and harm.

He did not make specific mention of his own accounts being deleted from Twitter, Facebook and Instagram after his posts were deemed to be encouraging violence.

And while the First Amendment doesn't apply to private companies, It has also reignited debates over how those platforms - which also operate in many authoritarian countries - should balance public safety with free speech and other conflicting values.

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