Silicon Valley isn’t a friendly place to anyone of a right-leaning ideology, and the world knows this. Despite continued examples of just how biased they are, however, many CEO’s of mainstream social networks have always told us there is no special treatment for one side of the aisle or another.
However, that’s all changed now as Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has dropped any pretense of neutrality and has made it clear that the time for it has passed.
According to the Daily Wire, Dorsey was asked by podcaster Sam Harris why Twitter always punishes users from one side of the aisle, giving examples as he went. Dorsey’s response was, for the first time, surprisingly honest:
He pointed out that progressive feminist Megan Murphy – who is no friend to conservatives – was banned for tweeting that “Men are not women” and asking, “How are transwomen not men? What is the difference between men and transwomen?” yet unapologetic anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan is still allowed on the platform.
“I don’t believe that we can afford to take a neutral stance anymore. I don’t believe that we should optimize for neutrality,” Dorsey said immediately.
While it’s wholly unsurprising that Twitter is taking this stance (seeing as how it’s been taking that stance without admission for years) it’s surprising that Dorsey would come right out and say this. Not only because it completely blows the illusion or solution of bi-partisan diplomacy out of the water, but because this admission may have an effect on all the other Silicon Valley brands as well.
Dorsey reiterated his stance on Twitter’s neutrality later on in the interview as well according to NewsBusters:
Dorsey stated that Twitter could be impartial by having a list of rules, explaining the consequences for breaking the rules, and installing an appeals system that actually worked.
But political neutrality was simply off the table. “Ultimately, I don’t think we can be this neutral, passive platform anymore,” he said.
Well, at least he’s finally being honest, but with this honesty may come a more sincere purge of those guilty of wrong-think on the platform.