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Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter, defends Trump's ban as the right decision


Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter, said President Donald Trump's ban on Twitter was the "right decision," but added that the ban set a dangerous precedent.

Dorsey spoke in a series of tweets on Wednesday about the permanent ban imposed by Twitter last week after Trump's supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol.

“I'm not celebrating and I'm not proud of the ban,” Dorsey wrote, adding, “I think that was the right decision for Twitter. We were faced with an extraordinary and unsustainable circumstance that forced us to stop all of our actions focus on public safety. & # 39;

"Offline damage from online speech is proven to be real, and most importantly, drives our policies and enforcement," he continued.

“Having to take these measures fragments the public discussion. They share us. They limit the potential for clarification, redemption, and learning. And sets a precedent that I consider dangerous: the power that an individual or a corporation has over any part of global public discussion, ”Dorsey wrote.

Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter, said President Donald Trump's ban on Twitter was the "right decision," but added that the ban set a dangerous precedent

Dorsey continued to express concern over the actions of Amazon, Apple and Google, which took the Twitter competitor offline over the weekend after it became a haven for Trump supporters.

Apple and Google have removed Parler from their app stores so that they are not available on smartphones. Parler's entire website also went offline this week after Amazon stopped providing hosting services for the company.

"Control and accountability over that power has always been the fact that a service like Twitter is a small part of the larger public conversation over the Internet," he wrote.

"That concept was challenged last week when a number of basic internet tool vendors decided not to host what they thought was dangerous," he continued. "This moment may require this dynamic, but in the long run it will destroy the noble purpose and ideals of the open internet."

Dorsey spoke in a series of tweets about the permanent Twitter ban imposed last week after Trump's supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol

Dorsey spoke in a series of tweets about the permanent Twitter ban imposed last week after Trump's supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol

Meanwhile, Snapchat confirmed on Wednesday that Trump's indefinite suspension had been extended to a permanent ban.

"Last week we announced a permanent ban on President Trump's Snapchat account and examined what long-term measures would be in the best interests of our Snapchat community," Snapchat said in a statement to The Wrap.

"In the interests of public safety and because of his attempts to spread misinformation, hate speech and incitement to violence that clearly violates our policies, we have decided to permanently close his account."

Facebook and its subsidiary Instagram had already suspended Trump indefinitely last week.

On Wednesday, YouTube banned the Trump campaign channel for at least a week because of concerns about the "continuing potential for violence". This means the channel will be locked until the end of Trump's term in office.

"After careful consideration and given concerns about the continuing potential for violence, we have removed new content uploaded to the Donald J. Trump channel and launched a strike for violating our guidelines on incitement to violence," said a YouTube spokesman in a statement sent by email.

Snapchat confirmed on Wednesday that Trump's indefinite suspension had been extended to a permanent ban

Snapchat confirmed on Wednesday that Trump's indefinite suspension had been extended to a permanent ban

Under the suspension, Trump's channel will be temporarily prevented from uploading new videos or live streams for at least seven days, even though the channel remains live, YouTube said.

The White House's official YouTube channel continues to be one of Trump's only ways to reach American citizens directly through social media.

He made a video statement on the channel on Wednesday evening shortly after the House decided to indict him a second time on charges of "inciting insurrection".

The president said the January 6 riot at the Capitol "angered and appalled millions of Americans across the political spectrum."

& # 39; I want to be very clear. I clearly condemn the violence we saw last week, ”Trump said, reading clearly from a prompt.

"Violence and vandalism have absolutely no place in our country – and no place in our movement."