Jack Dorsey defends Twitter's Trump ban, then enthuses about bitcoin

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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, in a series of Tweets, explained that he felt banning US President Donald Trump's account was the right move for the social network. "Offline harm as a result of online speech is demonstrably real, and what drives our policy and enforcement above all," he wrote. He acknowledged Twitter's shortcomings on moderation and consistency. Then, he suggested bitcoin could provide a model for a new social network.
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, in a series of Tweets, explained that he felt banning US President Donald Trump's account was the right move for the social network. "Offline harm as a result of online speech is demonstrably real, and what drives our policy and enforcement above all," he wrote.

Dorsey blamed Twitter's failure "to promote healthy conversation," acknowledged that Twitter needs to "look critically at inconsistencies of our policy and enforcement," and said that social platforms needed more transparency around moderation.

Then, Dorsey plugged an effort to build a decentralized standard for social media he began in 2019 when he sought to hire five engineers to work on it. That's how, eight tweets into a thread on why his company banned Donald Trump, the CEO of Twitter managed to change the subject to his passion for bitcoin.

The reason I have so much passion for #Bitcoin is largely because of the model it demonstrates: a foundational internet technology that is not controlled or influenced by any single individual or entity. This is what the internet wants to be, and over…
Elizabeth Lopatto
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