Twitter Plans Widespread and Long-Term Political Censorship
The video revealed Twitter founder Jack Dorsey has been planning a strategy of a political censorship for its app according to a video recording.
The footage showed Mr. Dorsey discussing the memo regarding the limiting access for US President Donald Trump and his supporters.
We know we are focused on one account, Mr. Dorsey stated referring to Mr. Trump's Twitter account.
But this is going to be much bigger than one account, Twitter CEO stressed. " It is going to go on for much longer than just this day, this week, and the next few weeks, and go on beyond the inauguration, he added.
"I feel a ban is a failure of ours ultimately to promote healthy conversation"
(Twitter CEO on censorship to Twitter's users)
His statement to Twitter employees was much clearer than for his users. On that day Mr. Dorsey tried to create an impression that the firm used censorship as a last resort.
I do not celebrate or feel pride in our having to ban @realDonaldTrump from Twitter, or how we got here. After a clear warning we’d take this action, we made a decision with the best information we had based on threats to physical safety both on and off Twitter, Dorsey wrote.
That said, having to ban an account has real and significant ramifications. While there are clear and obvious exceptions, I feel a ban is a failure of ours ultimately to promote healthy conversation, he told public.
"We need to think much longer term...
I don’t believe this is going away anytime soon."
(Twitter CEO on censorship to his employees)
However in the office Mr. Dorsey took on another tone promising widespread censorship, as the undercover video obtained by Project Veritas revealed.
We need to think much longer term around how these dynamics play out over time. I don’t believe this is going away anytime soon, he stated.
On the day when Twitter decided to launch censorship its shares dive-bombed more than 10% on Monday. Shortly after market open Monday, the stock dropped as much as 12.3 per cent to reach as low as $45.17 per share. The stock has dropped from $51.48 right before the ban to $47.22 as an opening price today.
The Twitter’s market cap dropped by $3.5 billion.