Twitter's head Jack Dorsey says that while de-platforming outgoing President of the United States Donald Trump was the right decision, it sets a dangerous precedent. The decision was driven by demonstrably real offline harm, but it reflects a “failure” on Twitter’s part to “promote healthy conversation”, the chief executive said. “I believe this was the right decision for Twitter,” said Dorsey, adding that the company “faced an extraordinary and untenable circumstance, forcing us to focus all of our actions on public safety.” Last week, Donald Trump was permanently suspended from the micro-blogging platform “due to risk of further incitement of violence”. The ban came two days after Trump incited a mob to storm the US Capitol, which was formalising Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 US Presidential Elections. Twitter has also cracked down on thousands of accounts dedicated to QAnon, an anonymous conspiracy theory channel and ecosystem. While Trump was active on a daily basis on Twitter, other social media and techonology platforms have also culled his access. Facebook has banned Trump indefinitely, while YouTube on Wednesday suspended Trump’s account for a week. Today, Snapchat has also permanently banned the outgoing American president. Twitter’s ban on Trump shows “the power an individual or corporation has over a part of the global public conversation," Dorsey said. The ban challenged the notion that if people didn’t like Twitter’s rules, they could simply go elsewhere. But in this case, multiple platforms have banned Trump. Enforcing bans will be “destructive to the noble purpose and…
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