Big Tech’s censorship crusade is completely out of control.
They are attacking free speech and muzzling conservative voices.
But one former CEO knows that what he did was wrong, and now he is taking ownership and admitting the truth.
Jack Dorsey was always an odd duck among Big Tech CEOs. He frequently showed more self-awareness than most and never seemed to be a strong supporter of censorship.
In spite of that, however, Twitter famously blocked the New York Post from sharing a story that they had written about the Hunter Biden email scandal.
On the surface, that might not seem like it makes sense. If Dorsey supports free speech, why would his company have taken action to censor a legitimate news organization like the New York Post?
This week, Dorsey explained the truth behind what happened.
According to the Daily Wire, “Jack Dorsey took the blame for the mess Elon Musk inherited at Twitter, writing in a Tuesday blog post that he took his hands off the wheel when a big investor tried to oust him from the platform he co-founded.”
“Musk, who bought the company for $44 billion in October, has been systematically uncovering and revealing disturbing evidence of how Twitter’s ultra-woke senior managers worked with the FBI to silence conservatives.”
In other words, an investor bought a large share of Twitter stock, and used the power he obtained within the company to try to influence Twitter to censor conservatives.
The Daily Wire says, “The activist Dorsey referred to is believed to be the hedge fund Elliott Management, which in 2020 bought a big chunk of Twitter stock and then began trying to oust Dorsey as CEO.”
“Elliott sold off all of its stake in Twitter for a hefty profit after Musk initially agreed to buy the company in April, according to the Financial Times.”
Dorsey lamented how Twitter became such an anti-free speech platform. He said, “The Twitter when I led it and the Twitter of today do not meet any of these principles. This is my fault alone, as I completely gave up pushing for them when an activist entered our stock in 2020.”
Social media companies in this day and age have a tremendous amount of power over the dialogue in the public square, and Dorsey made clear that he believes that needs to change.
He said, “The biggest mistake I made was continuing to invest in building tools for us to manage the public conversation, versus building tools for the people using Twitter to easily manage it for themselves.”
Dorsey hopes that social media will eventually get to a point where it is decentralized and controlled by the people who use it, instead of centrally controlled by powerful investors or a powerful CEO.
This means people would have far more choice when it comes to their social media experience, instead of the companies deciding what they can and can’t see.
Hopefully, Jack Dorsey has learned his lesson, and can now be a part of the solution instead of a part of the problem.