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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey defended his company’s decision to suspend the President’s account but admitted that the Trump ban set a dangerous precedent. The remarks came after the social media company suffered a drop in share prices throughout the week following their decision. 

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Right Decision For Twitter

Dorsey wrote: “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. Was this correct? I believe this was the right decision for Twitter. We faced an extraordinary and untenable circumstance, forcing us to focus all of our actions on public safety. Offline harm as a result of online speech is demonstrably real, and what drives our policy and enforcement above all.”

Dorsey continued “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. And a time for us to reflect on our operations and the environment around us. Having to take these actions to fragment the public conversation. They divide us. They limit the potential for clarification, redemption, and learning. And sets a precedent I feel is dangerous: the power an individual or corporation has over a part of the global public conversation.”

Twitter Decided On Its Own

“This moment in time might call for this dynamic, but over the long term, it will be destructive to the noble purpose and ideals of the open internet. A company making a business decision to moderate itself is different from a government removing access, yet can feel much the same,” Dorsey explained. He added that Twitter needs to look critically at policy and enforcement inconsistencies, at how it incentivizes distraction and harm. Dorsey also said the company needs more transparency in its moderation operations. “All this can’t erode a free and open global internet,” he noted. 

Dorsey compared the ongoing debate with his liking for cryptocurrency Bitcoin. He said that Bitcoin’s technology remains independent from control or influence from any individual or organization. He hopes the speech issues surrounding Twitter and other social media follows this path. “This is what the internet wants to be, and over time, more of it will be,” he said. “We are trying to do our part by funding an initiative around an open decentralized standard for social media. Our goal is to be a client of that standard for the public conversation layer of the internet.”

Fallout From the Ban

Days after the Trump ban, Twitter and fellow social media titan Facebook and Twitter lost a combined $67 billion in market value this week. Twitter alone fell 9.3% as of Thursday from its January 8 price of $52.50. Its market cap shrank from $40.94B to 36.41B during the same period. Meanwhile, Facebook, who also slapped Trump with a permanent ban for the same reasons, lost $62.47B in market cap as of Thursday’s close. The stock price of Facebook, which closed at $367.57 last January 8, is now at $245.64. 

During the week, both Twitter and Facebook did manage to recover some lost ground. At the same time, financial firms have yet to issue downgrades or lowered price targets. The market could interpret these plunges as temporary and more reactionary than systemic losses. In contrast, investors celebrated Apple, Amazon, and Google experienced upticks in stock prices when they announced their cutting of ties with social media app Parler. Apple and Google removed Parler from the app stores, while Amazon ceased hosting Parler on their web servers.  

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International Backlash for Twitter

Twitter also caught flak from a number of countries, including those critical to Trump. Leaders from Germany and France found it problematic for a social media company to ban an elected president. Even Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny, who is critical of Trump, called the ban “an unacceptable act of censorship.”

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  • Sharon says:

    I hope he goes broke and loosing all stock on it.. he will get what he deserves!!! All these demon seeds out there will get theirs too when God come to clean up their freaking mess..

  • Pamela A Wiley says:

    I totally agree with you Sharon. It makes me sick how they are treating the President of the United States of America!!!!

  • Shirley casale says:

    Facebook and Twitter have no right to do business in our country if they try to control freedom of speech in our country . They have no right to do this if they intend to be part of America because this is what America is all about freedom of speech here ! They all including Apple and Amazon should be held accountable for trying to control the news media from freedom of speech PERIOD! I hope they loose stocks in all their companies now !This was a big decision they made without thoughts of hurting many of us who totally believe in our country , Our President and I hope they suffer for their acts !

  • William Clark says:

    As free Americans we all have the right to speak freely. At least Trump is being honest If Biden and his lying party can speak freely so should Trump. It’s a shame and a embarrassment of what this country has become. They would rather support thief’s liars and people that want to make this a socialist country. I am thankful for what Trump did for this country the others want to ruin this country

  • Shirley casale says:

    We all have to face our creator some day and these big companies and their owners will stand before God and will be held accountable for their actions AMEN!

  • Anonymous says:

    I agree also.. Trump has been the best President ever, and the treat him like trash. They will get what they deserve., and it ain’t gonna be pretty!!!

  • George Kalogeropoulos says:

    These ungrateful SHITHEADS who are making toooo much money deserve a visit from the DRONE BROTHERS.. NOW

  • Carey says:

    I totally agree with all of you & Big Tech will get what they deserve! I know many people leaving Twitter & FB!

  • Joe Barber says:

    Even though all you CEO’s of these social media platforms don’t need the money, none of you like losing money, since your decisions to “cancel” certain people & do it in a very selective manner; you are starting to see that you bottom line is lower income so you are beginning to rethink your decisions. Guess what, like a drug addict or alcoholic who wants reform, we can survive without you! I can go back to a Blackberry & only text and just check email a few times a day. Once people realize that none of this is actually needed to survive!

  • ALL MIGHTY says:

    There could be so much positive messages that could be done.
    how about ummmmm possibly using the for all those so much less fortunate here in the United States and globally, do a platform of giving.
    all this supposedly intelligent leaders that know in there heart and soul what is for good or evil .
    well, your choice I will not be the one passing judgment but I heard it’s hot as Hell down there and so crowded, I’m taking the good route no worries for me.
    send us an e-mail at Jesus Christ @ heavenabove.com tell us how are things working out for you

  • Sheila Harris says:

    I hope all these companies lose a ton of followers & money! Trump needs to make his own platform & we all can make him more money! These companies are radical & should be shut down! Just like congress they don’t want the truth to get out there..

  • janice says:

    This hole thing is disgusting. This is not a free country anymore. May GOD bless this country.

  • Richard Basilisk says:

    EVERYBODY on the right should stay away from what are in reality Communist “Agents of Change”, the social media platforms that lie, manipulate, censor those brush disagree with. Move! Move over to other platforms!!!!

  • Pedro Cruz says:

    The First Amendment had to be respected for everyone, including all social medias. They are not the owner of the Truth.

  • J.Smehoff says:

    I see GITMO in JD’s, MZ, and BG’s future! Goodbye you f*cking idiots!

  • DJ says:

    I’m happy to hear both their stock prices took a huge plummet, however, I hope it continues and isn’t just a temporary reaction. It was the freedom of speech that gave them the opportunity to have these platforms in the first place. It opened lines of communication between users all over the world and enabled us to interact with each other with ease. Removing the leader of the free world and silencing him in an effort to silence our freedom of speech to further a political cause is beyond irresponsible, it should be criminal.

    As long as public figures on the left who incite violence are allowed to remain, (like Kathy Griffin, Maxine Waters, Kamala Harris, Nancy Pelosi, Adam Schiff, Robert De Niro, the whore of Babylon Madonna, Debra Messing, (and the list of lunacy lefties goes on) then The President of the United States of America should damn well be given better treatment.

    They think this all ends when Joe gets sworn in and they couldn’t be more wrong. We will NEVER forget how they treated our President. They will answer for their evil and often demonic hatred they spewed to assassinate his character. We all make mistakes, but they never once showed an ounce of compassion or forgiveness when it came to President Trump. If they think that we’re going to just forgive and forget, they are so far out of their rabbity a** minds that they may never make it back to reality. May God Bless the sane, empathetic, and righteous among us in America, and God Bless President Trump!!!

  • Frank says:

    He has a right to be herd under the constitution of free speech, everyone has a right under our bill of rights no matter what position they may have in this country and nobody nan take that away from

  • James W Collins says:

    D.J., I whole heartily agree with you. Couldn’t have said it better myself.

  • Scott Duncan says:

    All Americans have the right to FREE Speech, All Americans also have the duty to respect the ideas of others and understand that free speech does not require hateful words or the threat of violence. Everyone needs to remember that you may one day be on the side of the unpopular ideas and that you will still have the right to voice your thoughts and opinions. If we allow anyone’s right to free speech to be taken then we will all certainly lose that right eventually. Protect FREE Speech for America!

  • John says:

    This was an INSTIGATED act of Treason on his part! Definitely an act that incited a RIOT on government property and it typically contained His thoughtlessness!

  • John Sass says:

    When the communist leaning left in our senate and congress can get away with the violent threats to our President and nothing is done about it makes me want to throw up. Nobody ever shut up NOBAMA when he was spewing his hatred for this country. And he is still preaching hatred and no one shuts him up. Waters Schumer Schiff Pelosi Nadler and the rest of the RATS need to have any information that Trump has on them made public as soon as possible. Facebook is a total farce. The little punk sensors anything from a conservatives way of thinking because him and so many other liberals are in bed with CHINA! The election was a a total sham and needs to be tossed out and redone. PEDO Joe and his hooker so called VP will only take this country to the lowest point in our history. There is something at the end of the rainbow and it is not going to be good for the low life lefties!

  • Lucy Stark says:

    Everyone makes mistakes, that’s how we learn. When we make mistake as a child our family corrects. As adults it could be our family and close friends and even our Co worker or bosses who guides our choices. If it’s a legal issue, then possibly the police or a lawyer.

    My thought here is there are rational steps we can make to every decision made. The climate you are witnessing may be much more than the average eye to see, hear and even yes feel. This in its self can make one pull from even a place of the unknown territory, even say possibly a wrong choice for what you think is a greater good choice. In this case we may understand from this point of view a temporary reflect choice for the greater good reflection, but do not wait too long because this may have greater consequences than you anticipated.

    Bottom line, these times are strange times for every citizen, every country, the world is in Turmoil . We look to express our right to free press even during these times. Should anyone do it under the greatest of stress? Maybe be not? I mean you know and I know not everyone needs to know our personable detail choices, yet some people do post way too much, right. But one thing you learn in this life is it takes all kinds of people to make up a world.

    And last I looked this worlds getting much big and talk will too. So going forward what you may want to do, if you can is have the opportunity to talk with those who help you design your policy of free speech talk about making a clause in your policy that reflects on reflections. A time when you must reach out to a customer who may not be aware of what their speech may be in-sighting on your sight and that you concerns for this. Sounds very mother like, friend like, or even big brother like but if it’s in your contract you may be able to get away with that. Than as you see or hear stuff that may even be insightful to your writers you could have a one on one with a customer.?

    I know this sounds simplistic and even at times crazy impossible yet Doable. Can imagine having that insightful conversations with your most problematic customers??These people who cause you to make choices that are not ethically, legal and morally wrong, can now have a choice to council on what you might be seeing that they do not see? Most people, especially in President Trump case might be enlightened. That could actual work to your advantage and theirs. To be able to guide based only on what you see in customer based conversations which maybe escalating out of control. Have in this policy a clause to temporally freeze an account during this time if you deem it necessary because of what your seeing and hearing and even feeling. Yes this is censoring so you may need to do something with your platform which changes that but you already have a strong customer base so revamping for the greater good that obviously is important to you should be done. Otherwise your choice to censor the leader of our great country was in vain and a wasted lesson.

    If you at times need to censor for the greater good of your customer than you should have in in your policy and in your customers contract/ policy. Change your platform for the greater good if need be. But if you choose to stay in a company that about speaking freely than you can not just right people off. Our President voice is our country’s voice. You as a company for freedoms greatest exercise should not condemn our Presidents voice ever. Or pay the consequences .

    My thoughts are your no doubt a smart man with a very difficult deduction on your hands at this point? People are watching and learning from you also. Is your company truly reflecting its obligation to uphold free speech ? If not perhaps changes are warranted . Perhaps apologies are in order. Let the president know your true concerns even if it’s too late for you to change what you have done.

    You are in control of what you do but know what makes a company different from all others is the strong principle which guide it not following the trend of the current times but doing what’s right, not wrong.

  • J.M.JR. says:

    B.S THE HELL W/ TWITTER AND FACEBOOK PRESIDENT TRUMP WILL ALLWAY BE NO#1 IN MAY BOOK

  • Timothy R Hempel says:

    Zuckerman and Dorsey: two traitors of a kind

  • There’s nothing more that can be said. It was wrong we live in United States of America their company is in the United States of America. They were wrong. But always remember God is in controls says:

    There’s nothing more that can be said. It was wrong we live in United States of America their company is in the United States of America. They were wrong. But always remember God is in control

  • Obatala Obamoro says:

    Well, in my humble opinion we the people allowed a diabolically malicious petulant scoundrel nearly destroy our nation completely. I, personally voted against him twice. He wasn’t ever qualified to run even a small company much less our nation. Furthermore, this blind allegiance towards any individual, group, or political party is irresponsible and reprehensible. Fortunately, we’ve survived a modern times real life mash up of George Orwell’s timeless classics, Animal Farm & 1984, just in time to salvage our nation and our planet from these monstrosities! Those that know better do better! It’s now time to heal and upright this sinking ship of a anet we inhabit. Be kind to it and it will be kind to us. Just a humble thought. Good day to all.

  • DON says:

    DON
    I HOPE THEY LOOSE MORE STOCK BECAUSE OF WHAT THEY DID
    FREEDOM OF SPEACH WAS GIVEN TO US BUT THEY ARE TRYING
    TO MAKE US NOT KNOWN. I DISAGREE WITH THEM AND THEY
    WILL I HOPE LOOSE MORE STOCK I AM NO LONGER ON THE
    ACCOUNT THANK YOU

  • carroll satterfield says:

    hope that is not fake news( YOU FEEL YOU ARE WRONG FOR TAKEING HIM OFF )YOU KNOW IN YOUR HEART HE HAS DONE MORE GOOD FOR THIS COUNTRY THAN ANY OTHER PRESIDENT. (UNDER TERRIBLE PRESSURE ) simple fix PUT HIM BACK ON NOW (LIKE RIGHT NOW )

  • Anonymous says:

    I don’t understand the sympathy for Trump, I really don’t. Are the trump lovers just ignoring substantiated facts?? Yes!! I will admit he did some good, which was totally undercut by the crookedness of the other things he did. Look at the Supreme Court and why he shoved a Republican justice in, or the total fiasco of separating families crossing the border and the list goes on.

  • George says:

    Do Dorsey show sign of rational thinking? I doubt. His behavior as well as Zuckerberg’s is like they are even above GOD. Time will solve the issue, market will take care of it if people start paying attention to what these 2 evil thinking guys do to this nation and the world. Lest jus not forget about AMAZON, Media, Walmart etc.etc.

    DORSEY, show FACTS. Talk is ceapppppp.

  • Jennifer Spry says:

    Banning an elected President should be considered Treason. Period.

  • Chas says:

    This is NOT about President Trump, but about silencing everyone one of you for something you may or may not say because big tech does not agree. They are NOT just silencing President Trump but many other Americans… Break them all up and let them be sued just like any other big corporation for there actions. It’s now Time!!!!!

  • Anonymous says:

    Good for person, Good for All people…..

  • Kim Harper says:

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe that freedom of speech is protected in the Constitution. Doesn’t that make anybody who takes away our freedom of speech subject 2 penalties? I mean basically it’s like breaking the law! President Trump is the best president we’ve ever had, nobody likes him because he’s exactly what we needed, not a politician! Politicians may have good resolves when they go to office but with career politicians they get caught up in the draw of power, extraordinary amounts of money being thrown at them by lobbyists excetera and it gets to the point where they vote for themselves to improve their lifestyle the hell with any other common American. I feel that Facebook and Twitter and anybody else who takes away President Trump’s freedom of speechoh, I mean he is the president for God’s sakes, should have their company just shut down for being unconstitutional! What is the point of having a law if it’s not enforced? Think of all the good he really could have done if the left had left him alone and let him do his job! They didn’t like him from the beginning because he was on the side of the American people and didn’t care what it cost him to stand up to his ideals. George Washington said something to the effect of the loss of free speech Leeds to the opening up of the way of socialism. Not in those exact words but that was the essence. I can’t wait to see what happens in the future but the left better be careful what they wish for because the American people will not stand for it but yes they will stand up to it!

  • Gladys Williams says:

    I agree with Freedom of speech. protected in the Constitution.

  • Stacey w cline says:

    One reason that I have heard is they are a privately owned company so they can do as they wish,what about all these small privately owned companies that our government has closed down due to covid 19. Many of these are closed down for good and can’t afford to reopen.where does this stop

  • Nancy says:

    I agree with all of you who are in favor of free speech and allowing President Trump to free speech. Especially the President. How dare these people deleting our voices. Trump is the best President we have had in ages. Go to The Victory channel on you tube and listen to all our President has done since he’s been in office. I deleted my Twitter account as soon as they removed our President. I wish I didn’t need to use any of these social media’s. Listen to the truth on The Victory channel it’s called on you tube. Don’t listen to the fake news anymore but Trump has been right about everything all along. Have faith and don’t give up.

  • rick says:

    You would think that if people are going to talk about a subject that they would know how to open their mouths and say what they would say instead of opening their mouths a saying pure trash. I believe that the CONSTITUTION was established what the common American in thought. Every person has the right to express their thoughts but the constitution says nothing about degrading and bad mouthing ANY person. I was in the Vietnam conflict and I saw a lot of racial conflict and its a shame that only the minorities suffered at the hand of bigots. That is wrong…..

  • Stevin says:

    we as Americans have a 1st amendment right of freedom of speech in this country!! unless the Socialist left Disagree with it, if I was President Trump, I would sign an executive order to remove section 230 that protects big tec from being sued!! on his last day in office, Because they were partially responsible for the biggest fraud and Corrupt Election in American History!! and watch all the Rats & cockroaches scatter when the light is shined on them!!! May They ALL ROT IN HELL

  • renee reed says:

    The cross will tell the truth.The truth will be told.Peace,love,and joy for the world.Turn to GOD.GOD will tell the truth.The truth.FREEspeach.The truth for the world.

  • Ronda says:

    The Victory Channel is great!!!
    Hope and PRAY Mr. Trump can still be our president! 🙂 & they sort out all the lies….but as we all know it is in God’s hands. So we must pray to him to keep Donald Trump in office. I do not wish to have selfish leaders destroying all that Trump has accomplished for us and our freedom. & YES everyone should have freedom of speech.

  • Deborah says:

    It is called FREEDOM OF SPEECH !
    Is that where you want this to go, that you lose that right because it is different from what you think.
    When we lose that, we are on our way to NO rights at all.
    Do I agree with some of the things he says. “ NO”. But there is a lot of things I don’t like or agree with.

  • Sunny Daze says:

    ANONYMOUS… You don’t understand the sympathy for Trump? Of course not because you listen to fake media and fake news, which is all there is. WATCH NEWSMAX, the only truth in news out there. It will open your eyes and your mind. Trump has been set up before the election and they’ve done everything they can to make him look bad.. including cutting tapes of him speaking and saying things out of context, so much you wouldn’t believe it. He’s not the fool and idiot the demonrats have made him out to be. They just have their socialist agenda to stick to.. continued from Obama The election was TOTALLY rigged with proof that demonrats and their liberal news wouldn’t allow to be seen. NEWSMAX showed so many videos and interviews. I cringe every time because all of the papers and news people say there was no proof. Lies upon lies upon lies. Sickening… so sad how they slandered him. He truly loves our country.. and us. He kept virtually all of his campaign promises in 4 years, and that REALLY ticked them off. A lot of us who REALLY know what he has accomplished believe he was the best president ever… all that on top of him being harassed and hated because of fake media. SERIOUSLY: NEWSMAX.. available on their free app or check their website for channels. Hope you change your mind when your eyes are opened! 🤗 🇺🇸

  • Sunny Daze says:

    These rich jerks are ONLY thinking about it now because they’re losing some money. HOW DARE YOU EVEN THINK ABOUT EDITING OUR PRESIDENT’S COMMENTS! 😠
    IT’S JUST NAUSEATING… AND THEN YOU BAN HIM??? This is TOTALLY unforgivable! You all should be up for charges of breaking the First Amendment right of free speech. No problem with all the Liberals getting on there and saying whatever they want and threatening Trump supporters’ lives and saying they want us all dead, banished or burned. Disgusting. And you always say “no proof of a false election.” Bull. Watch NEWSMAX and educate yourselves. I’ve seen video, watched tapes, heard interviews and learned many things about this 100% absolutely rigged election. You won’t see it anywhere else on the news because they’re all bought off. EXCEPT FOR NEWSMAX..because they actually know what investigative journalism is. READ THE NAVARRO REPORT.. unless you’ve banned that already too. It’s a pure crime in my book. The censorship on EVERYTHING anymore is so anti-American. I never thought I’d see my country come to this, but history repeats itself. THE LYING LIBERAL SOCIALISTS WON BY CHEATING AND FOOLING THE SHEEPLE. EVERYONE NEEDS TO CANCEL TWITTER AND FACEBOOK TO STAND IN SOLIDARITY.

  • Captain john says:

    Twitter went way over the line banning trump. We still have the first amendment. All trump supporters should stop using Twitter and sell Twitter stock. This goes for Facebook users

  • Anonymous says:

    SO—-ALL OF THIS PAGE IS JUST ANOTHER OF YOUR LIES—YOUR NOT SORRY—HE WOULD BE BACK ON IF TRUE —JUST ANOTHER TWITTER CHEAT AND LIE—LOOKS LIKE IT WORKED ON ME THE COMMENT AND VOTE THING

  • Aneita says:

    I agree we need our President Donald TRUMP back. Twitter,facebook, can go broke, I pray. Dems are telling them what to do. SO THEY SHOULD BURN IN HELL, the rest of us should pray.GOD BLESS AMERICA & GOD BLESS MY PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP. He is the best we have EVER HAD.

  • Brenda says:

    The truth shall make you free
    Lies only curse you
    President trump was backstabbed by his own VP pence who sold out our beloved president
    He was human in his sins just like everyone but he did love our American people who have been sold to the devil and he promised to make America great shain now the corruption has put a president in that will destroy America again but beware Christ Jesus IS in control He will come again to earth with judgement on evil
    President trump WILL go down in history as the most beloved and greatest president be not dismayed
    America will vote in the mid terms and 2024

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