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What the CEO of Twitter said about blocking Trump’s account

Twitter last week removed Trump’s account, which had 88 million followers, based on the risk of further violence following the assault on the Capitol by Trump supporters.

“Having to take these actions fragments the public conversation”Dorsey wrote on Twitter. “They divide us. They limit the potential for clarification, redemption and learning. And they set a precedent that I consider dangerous: the power that an individual or corporation has over a part of the global public conversation.”.

The expulsion drew criticism from some Republicans who said it stifled the president’s right to free speech. The German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, warned through a spokesman that legislators, not private companies, should decide on possible restrictions on freedom of expression.

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In his Twitter thread, Dorsey maintained that while he did not take pride in the ban, “the offline harm as a result of online speech is demonstrably real.”

Still, he added, “While there are clear and obvious exceptions, I believe that a ban is our ultimate failure to promote healthy conversation.”.

Twitter has introduced a series of measures over the last year, such as labels, warnings and distribution restrictions to reduce the need to make decisions about the total removal of content from the service.

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