Twitter made international headlines last week with its decision to permanently ban President Donald Trump from its social media platform.
Now, in a new twist, the company’s CEO has been caught on tape admitting that his decision to suspend the president’s account has set an alarming precedent.
“After a clear warning”
Jack Dorsey’s remarks came in the wake of Twitter’s announcement that banning the president was deemed necessary to prevent future violence following the Jan. 6 riot on Capitol Hill.
Numerous Trump critics have blamed his rhetoric for inciting the deadly siege of the Capitol building, and Twitter’s move sparked a widespread purge of the president and his supporters in all corners of the internet.
Dorsey seemed to grapple with the weight of his company’s decision in a recent tweet on the matter.
“I do not celebrate or feel pride in our having to ban [Trump] from Twitter, or how we got here,” he wrote, as Breitbart reported. “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?”
The CEO went on to share his belief that it “was the right decision for Twitter,” claiming that the company “faced an extraordinary and untenable circumstance, forcing us to focus all of our actions on public safety.”
“This revolution of whistleblowing”
Nevertheless, Dorsey conceded that the ban had resulted in “significant ramifications,” including the decisions of many other companies to follow suit and ban the president.
Despite the timing of those moves, however, he insisted that it was not a “coordinated” effort among Big Tech titans, rather it “likely” resulted from other companies reaching “their own conclusions” or being “emboldened by the actions of others.”
While he was clearly attempting to portray himself and his company as the good guys in this narrative, Dorsey’s talking points largely fell by the wayside in light of a video put out by Project Veritas that purports to show the CEO’s more unscripted reaction.
“We are focused on one account right now, but this is going to be much bigger than just one account, and it’s going to go on for much longer than just this day, this week, and the next few weeks, and go on beyond the inauguration,” Dorsey says in the clip, according to Breitbart.
Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe later described the perceived importance of his newest revelation, telling Fox News Channel host Sean Hannity: “They’re explicitly saying they’re going to be censoring days, weeks in the future. So this person comes to me…and gives us this video and it’s kind of creating this revolution of whistleblowing in Big Tech.”