The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Twitter social media platform, Jack Dorsey, on Wednesday defended the platform’s decision to suspend U.S. President Donald Trump’s account indefinitely, but also said it sets a dangerous precedent.
Twitter banned the outgoing president in the wake of the attack on the U.S. Capitol by an alleged pro-Trump mob last week.
“I do not celebrate or feel pride (sic) 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 wrote on a Twitter thread.
However, he also said he feels turning to a ban ultimately shows a failure by Twitter to promote healthy conversation.
“Having to take these actions fragment the public conversation. They divide us.
“They limit the potential for clarification, redemption, and learning and sets a precedent I feel is dangerous: the power an individual or corporation has over a part of the global public conversation,” Dorsey wrote.
Facebook has also banned Trump from using his accounts, citing his intent to “undermine the peaceful and lawful transition of power.”
Trump has complained that social media platforms are exercising censorship and suggested he may launch a competing platform.
Uguru Iheke reporting, Obinwannem News