Twitter CEO on Trump Ban: ‘Threats to Physical Safety’ Drove Decision

On the day when President Donald Trump became the first occupant of the Oval Office to be impeached twice, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey spoke out to say that threats to physical safety and the company’s desire to foster “a more peaceful existence on earth” were among the reasons for the social media giant’s permanent ban of Trump from the platform.

In a Twitter thread on Wednesday, Dorsey said the company was forced to act after long-simmering concerns about the potential for politically-motived violence were realized in the horrific siege of the U.S. Capitol by far-right extremists and white supremacist  groups on Jan. 6.

“We faced an extraordinary and untenable circumstance, forcing us to focus all of our actions on public safety,” Dorsey wrote. “Offline harm as a result of online speech is demonstrably real, and what drives our policy and enforcement above all.”

Dorsey echoed the sentiment found at Google and other Silicon Valley stalwarts of at least a stated desire to be a force for communication and community, rather than culture wars and partisan division, in the global villages that they serve.

“It’s important that we acknowledge this is a time of great uncertainty and struggle for so many around the world,” Dorsey wrote. “Our goal in this moment is to disarm as much as we can, and ensure we are all building towards a greater common understanding, and a more peaceful existence on earth.”

More to come 

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