Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey took to his social media profile to issue a warning Wednesday evening of the “destructive” consequences banning President Donald Trump could have, just a week after booting the president out last week.
“I do not celebrate or feel pride in our having to ban @realDonaldTrump from Twitter, or how we got here,” Dorsey tweeted in a lengthy thread. “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. Was this correct?”
Twitter stated that the reason Trump was banned was because of “the risk of further incitement of violence.”
The social media giant cited two messages Trump tweeted on the same day as the attack on Capitol Hill by pro-Trump rioters, with the president pushing claims of widespread voter fraud and encouraging his supporters to “never concede.”
“These are the things and events that happen when a sacred landslide election victory is so unceremoniously & viciously stripped away from great patriots,” Trump wrote in a since-deleted tweet.
Since the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, eight other social media platforms have announced suspensions, some permanent, of Trump’s accounts, including Facebook, YouTube, Snapchat, Reddit, and Twitch.
Dorsey went on to say that the ban on the president represented “a failure of ours ultimately to promote healthy conversation.”
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. If folks do not agree with our rules and enforcement, they can simply go to another internet service.
— jack (@jack) January 14, 2021
Dorsey also stated that the seeming coordination between social media platforms to ban President Trump was in fact not coordinated, though it could have been inspired by Twitter’s stance.
It’s true that such a policy as this could have disastrous consequences. We’re already seeing that, aren’t we? Look how many conservatives have also been booted from social media platforms, despite not having done anything wrong except vote for and support the president.
Free speech isn’t just something in the Constitution that only binds the government. In fact, it’s a principle that upholds our whole way of life. If you destroy the Constitution, you obliterate American culture.