Banning Donald Trump from Twitter was a 'wrong decision for the world' says former CEO

Former Twitter CEO Jack Dempsey has said in a video banning Donald Trump from the social media platform was the "wrong decision for the world".

Trump was permanently suspended in January 2021 after the Capitol Hall violence "due to the risk of further incitement of violence", with the decision made "after close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account".

On 30th September, a clip from an old interview of Mr Dorsey went viral on social media in which he admitted that banning the former president was a mistake.

 The viral clip shared by Dr Anastasia Maria Loupis (@/DrLoupis) was from an interview Dorsey gave to controversial actor and presenter Russell Brand in July 2023.

Brand asked Jack Dorsey how he felt about deciding to ban Trump while he was the President of the US.

Jack said, “I felt bad about it. I felt bad that we had to take that action. It was a challenging time, and I do believe that the company was working with its best efforts with the information it had.

"But as I said a few days after that suspension, I believe [it was] probably the right decision for the company, but the wrong decision for the world.

"We saw a lot of follow-on companies, such as AWS, take Parler off their services and being removed from the app store. I think it opened the gate I am not proud of at all.”

On 19th November 2022, Elon Musk reinstated the X account of Trump, with the decision taken following a poll by Musk asking people to decide if Trump’s account should be reinstated.

Following his indictment in the Georgia 2020 election interference case the former President marked his return with a post of his own mugshot, partnered by the phrase “Election interference. Never surrender!” 

Dorsey added: “It was another one of those moments when [I thought] ‘I don’t think it was going to work. I don’t want to do this.’

"Independent of who this person was or anyone that we probably suspended from the network, it felt wrong to me, and I was always searching for a different solution, but I just did not come up with a solution within that structure.

I could not figure it out. Personally, it was heart-breaking. All the actions that we took and all the actions that we did not take."

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