Washington, DC, on October 28, 2020, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey testified remotely during the Senate Commerce, Science and Transport Committee hearing ‘Section 230’s swimming immunity enabled big tech bad behavior’.
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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said on Wednesday that banning President Donald Trump was “the right decision for Twitter”, but acknowledged that the Internet should not be controlled by some private companies.
In a series of 13 tweets, Dorsey said that online speech results in harm to the real world, even if a ban on an account is a divisive “action required” and is a precedent I think is dangerous. “He wrote that if a company like Twitter takes a decision that people don’t like, they can go elsewhere by creating an implicit check on its power.
However, Trump’s entire board ban following the capital riots increased his level of concern.
“The concept was challenged last week, when many founding Internet equipment providers also decided not to consider what they found to be dangerous,” Dorsey wrote. “I believe it was not coordinated. More likely: companies came to their own conclusions or were influenced by the actions of others.”
Twitter and Facebook took down Trump’s account following last week’s violence at the Capitol, which was provoked because of his comments on the president and on social media. YouTube on Tuesday removed Trump’s last significant online channel to reach its millions of followers.
Meanwhile, the Parler app, used largely by conservatives, has been banned by Apple and Google due to violent content and poor control through moderation. Amazon Web Services also reached far from Parler.
Dorsey said inconsistent policies and lack of transparency undermine efforts to create an open Internet.
“The reason I am so obsessed #Bitcoins This is largely due to the model demonstrating: a basic Internet technology that is not controlled or influenced by a single person or entity, “Dorsey wrote.” This is what the Internet wants, and over time, it will be higher. “
He referred to an announcement from late 2019, when Twitter said it was funding a small team called Blusky to come up with “an open decentralized standard for social media”. He said the project is now in the works and will “work entirely through public transparency.”
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