Twitter boss justifies blocking Trump’s account but calls it “dangerous” precedent

The CEO of Twitter, Jack Dorsey, backed the blocking of the account on that social network of the president of the United States, Donald Trump, but said that it sets a “dangerous” precedent and represents a failure at the time of promoting a healthy conversation in the platform.

“Having to ban an account has real and significant ramifications,” Dorsey said in a series of tweets. “While there are clear and obvious exceptions, I believe that a ban is our ultimate failure in promoting healthy conversation.”

Trump has used social media as a megaphone during his presidency, but the platforms have limited his access since a violent mob of his supporters stormed the US Congress last week.

The platforms say Trump could use his accounts to foment more unrest in the run-up to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.

At the end of last week, Twitter shut down Trump’s account, kicking him off the global platform he has fervently used during his tenure to make proclamations, accusations and spread fake news.

The company said it blocked Trump’s account “due to the risk of further incitement to violence” by the president.

Twitter’s decision has been welcomed by critics of the president, but has angered members of the far right who accuse the social network of restricting freedom of expression.

Dorsey said Wednesday that while he believes Twitter made the right decision to veto Trump, the action “sets a precedent” that he considers “dangerous.”

“Having to take these actions fragments the public conversation,” he said.

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