Dorsey steps down as Twitter’s CEO, replacement announced

Jack Dorsey is no longer Twitter’s chief executive officer. 

CNBC reports:

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey is stepping down as chief of the social media company, effective immediately . . .

. . . Dorsey will remain a member of the board until his term expires at the 2022 meeting of stockholders, the company said.

Dorsey, who has led the company for about six years, put out a statement saying, “I’ve decided to leave Twitter because I believe the company is ready to move on from its founders.”

Before you begin celebrating, though, you ought to check out Dorsey’s replacement, who, if possible, might be even further to the left than Dorsey.

Twitter’s new CEO

Reports indicate that Dorsey is going to be replaced as Twitter’s CEO by Parag Agrawal. Agrawal has been the company’s Chief Technology Officer.

Already concerns are being raised about Agrawal given some of the comments that he has made in the past.

Back on October 26, 2010, Agrawal tweeted this message:

“If they are not gonna make a distinction between muslims and extremists, then why should I distinguish between white people and racists.”

Whom Agrawal was quoting is unclear. But, it would appear that he is in agreement with it.

Where Agrawal stands on the censorship issue

A big question going forward is Agrawal’s beliefs about censorship, particularly following the censorship that we have seen by Twitter of conservative viewpoints. Agrawal gave an overview of his beliefs on the subject in an interview last year with MIT Technology Review. 

“Our role is not to be bound by the First Amendment, but our role is to serve a healthy public conversation and our moves are reflective of things that we believe lead to a healthier public conversation,” he said. “The kinds of things that we do about this is, focus less on thinking about free speech, but thinking about how the times have changed.”

Agrawal went on to say:

One of the changes today that we see is speech is easy on the internet. Most people can speak. Where our role is particularly emphasized is who can be heard.

The scarce commodity today is attention. There’s a lot of content out there. A lot of tweets out there, not all of it gets attention, some subset of it gets attention. And so increasingly our role is moving towards how we recommend content and that sort of, is, is, a struggle that we’re working through in terms of how we make sure these recommendation systems that we’re building, how we direct people’s attention is leading to a healthy public conversation that is most participatory.

That’s Twitter’s new CEO. If anyone can move the company further to the left than Dorsey had it, it’s Agrawal.

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