Jack Dorsey, Twitter’s co-founder and former CEO, has entered the debate about the social media platform’s status under Elon Musk’s controversial ownership.
Jack Dorsey, Twitter’s co-founder and former CEO, has entered the debate about the social media platform’s status under Elon Musk’s controversial ownership, a move he supported. He did not specifically address Elon Musk but he made it clear in a blog post on Tuesday that the organisation he formerly led still had serious issues back then and today.
The Twitter Files, which Musk began releasing last week to back his claims that earlier management was biased towards conservatives in its handling of content moderation, are the topic of discussion, according to Dorsey, who claimed he was giving his voice to the discussion.
Elon Musk and Jack Dorsey seemed to be at differences earlier this week after Dorsey called out a Musk claim as false and directly contradicted it, following Musk’s dissolving of Twitter’s volunteer Trust and Safety Council one hour before their scheduled meeting.
In the blog post, Dorsey had restated his commitment to three guiding principles for using social media.
In the blog post, Dorsey had restated his commitment to three guiding principles for using social media. The first one being that social media must resist government and corporate control, Secondly only the creator of the content in question may remove it and the last one is algorithmic choice is the best way to implement moderation.
Dorsey further wrote that when he led Twitter, it did not adhere to any of these principles, and it still does not now. He added that it is entirely his fault since after an activist entered their stock in 2020, he stopped pushing for them. I lost all hope of attaining any of it since It was a public corporation without any form of security. He immediately thought about leaving the company since he knew he was no longer the right fit.
Musk has rolled back many of the previous moderating practises after completing his $44 billion acquisition of Twitter in October. In addition, he has welcomed back former President Donald Trump, who was permanently banned from the website under Dorsey’s direction following the attack on the U.S. Capitol building on January 6.
Dorsey didn’t criticise Musk in any particular detail.
Dorsey didn’t criticise Musk in any particular detail. He stated that after activist firm Elliott Management became involved with the company more than two years ago, he personally gave up trying to push the company in the right direction.
Dorsey stated that he believes there was no ill intent or hidden objectives, and everyone handled the matter according to the best information they had at the time about Twitter’s decision to suspend Trump. He admitted that mistakes were made but added that Twitter would be in a better place right now if it focused more on tools for the users of the service instead of tools for them.
In general, social messaging systems shouldn’t delete information or suspend users, according to Dorsey, because doing so makes it more difficult to understand critical context and to identify and hold accountable illegal activity.
As the only means of upholding his stated principles, he supported for a free and open framework for social media that is not controlled by any one individual or business
As the only means of upholding his stated principles, he supported for a free and open framework for social media that is not controlled by any one individual or business. He stated that the issue right now is that we have businesses that control both the protocol and content discovery which, in the end, gives one individual control over what can be seen or not.
Mastodon, Matrix, and Bluesky, a nonprofit run by Twitter, were cited by Dorsey as new initiatives that could be able to live up to his definition of a free and open social media protocol. He declared he would offer grants to worthy projects, beginning with a contribution of $1 million to the encrypted messaging app Signal.
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