Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey goofed and big with his banning of President Donald Trump from the platform, and while he has spent more than enough time trying to justify it, a small kernel of truth slipped by his own BS filters.
As my colleague Nick Arama reported in her article, Dorsey posted a long series of tweets to his website detailing and defending his position on banning the sitting President from the platform.
Dorsey waxed tragic on the decision, making it seem like he was sad to do it but that doing so was absolutely necessary to the health of the country.
“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 tweeted.
“Was this correct? I believe this was the right decision for Twitter,” he continued. “We faced an extraordinary and untenable circumstance, forcing us to focus all of our actions on public safety. Offline harm as a result of online speech is demonstrably real, and what drives our policy and enforcement above all.”
However, during the course of his noble Twitter thread on being forced to take action, he let slip one little nugget of actual common sense. He realizes that by banning Trump he’s opened up Pandora’s box.
“That said, having to ban an account has real and significant ramifications,” he tweeted. “While there are clear and obvious exceptions, I feel a ban is a failure of ours ultimately to promote healthy conversation. And a time for us to reflect on our operations and the environment around us.”
“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,” he added.
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.
— jack (@jack) January 14, 2021
The conclusion Dorsey came to on his own actions is the right one and on top of that, one that many free speech advocates have been shouting about from the rooftops for years now. What he’s done is effectively shown that he and his Silicon Valley bubble of elitist billionaires and New York media giants have made themselves into the arbiters of what is good and bad speech in our society. Their platforms that already don’t lend much to the conversation in terms of nuance and explanation are further poisoned by the bias they practice.
More accurately, what Dorsey has done is embolden one ideological group into believing that they can silence whomever they want, whenever they want, for whatever they want. All they need to do is cook up an excuse and no matter how thin that excuse is, they can use it to gag anyone including, but not limited to, the President of the United States…if he’s a Republican.
Rest assured, because they set the guillotine to receive anyone at this point, we can now expect to see a long procession line of victims that the left will consider “dangerous.” They currently believe Sens. Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley are guilty of sedition and incitement. Will calls go up to ban them from social media? Will Jack and the others be pressured into obeying the mob for their censorship?
What about CEO’s that spout anti-censorship messages or political opinions laced with “wrong-think?” What about reporters who report inconvenient facts or even entire websites who defy narratives that the left establishes? The bar that’s been set is so low that anyone could accidentally trip over it at any moment. You won’t know you’re breaking the rules until they decide you’ve broken them.
Dorsey has triggered an incitement of his own. He’s sent the signal that if a narrative is established enough on the left he can act on it. Should the media all shout from their respective rooftops that someone like Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is spreading misinformation and dangerous practices by speaking about his decisions on social media, Twitter and other social media networks may ban him out of perceived responsibility.
This is terrifying and not just for the right. It won’t stop there, rest assured.