Twitter top man Jack Dorsey says on his own account that he is not “happy or proud” that outgoing US President Donald Trumps account has been suspended, but that he does support the decision. According to Dorsey, the decision taken by Twitter following the storming of the Capitol by heated Trump supporters last Wednesday was necessary for security reasons.
“ After studying @realDonaldTrumps tweets and their context, we permanently blocked the account because of the risk of inciting violence,” Twitter wrote on Saturday in a brief explanation of the decision.
“ Im not happy or proud to have to banish @realDonaldTrump from Twitter, or how we got there,” Dorsey defends the decision Wednesday on his own microblog page. “After a clear warning that we would take this action, we made this decision with the best information we had, based on physical security on and off Twitter,” said the top man of the social media.
“ Was this correct?” , he asks users to do so. Dorsey himself believes that his company has made the right decision in banning Trump, but recognizes that it may be a “dangerous” precedent.
On Thursday, Twitter blacked Trumps private account, which has 88 million followers, for half a day. The company wanted the president to remove three tweets from last Wednesday. After removal, he was not allowed to tweet anything for 12 hours before punishment.
Since the elections in November, Twitter has been alerting messages from the president in which he spread inaccuracies, such as the outcome of the elections. The message site warned that information in those tweets is “potentially misleading” or “questioned”.
Several social media, including Facebook, have captured Trump since the Capitols storming, killing five. Wednesday, Snapchat also announced that the Trump account will permanently close. In addition to security reasons, Snapchat also mentioned “spreading disinformation, hatred and incitement to violence” as reasons for the ban.