Former CEO Dorsey Takes The Blame For Twitter’s Mishandlings

Former CEO of Twitter Jack Dorsey shared his thoughts on Tuesday surrounding the infamous Twitter Files and offered his perspective on the current Twitter versus the Twitter he originally created.

Twitter co-founder Dorsey began by acknowledging that there’s a lot to unpack about the Twitter Files and listed three key principles to fix the issues Twitter is facing:

“1. Social media must be resilient to corporate and government control. 2. Only the original author may remove the content they produce. 3. Moderation is best implemented by algorithmic choice,” he tweeted.

He then tweeted a blog-style write up to share the rest of his thoughts, beginning with his belief that the Twitter of today and the Twitter when he was CEO do not meet any of the three principles:

“This is my fault alone, as I completely gave up pushing for them when an activist entered our stock in 2020. I no longer had hope of achieving any of it as a public company with no defense mechanisms (lack of dual-class shares being a key one). I planned my exit at that moment knowing I was no longer right for the company,” he stated.

Whether you agree with Dorsey’s decision-making as CEO and his approach to handling the multi-billion-dollar company, it feels a little refreshing to have someone finally own up on the brazen corruption of the social media platform and its mishandlings.

Dorsey did not reveal the identity of the activist he was referring to but it’s believed to be Paul Singer of Elliott Management, who wanted to remove Dorsey from his role as CEO after taking a $1 billion stake in the company in March of 2020.

Dorsey believes Twitter was burdened with too much power as a result of focusing on tools to manage the public’s conversation rather than offering tools for the people to manage the conversation themselves.

Dorsey confessed that it was clear that Twitter had become “far too powerful” with the suspension of former President Donald Trump’s account. In the same breath, he said “we did the right thing for the public company business at the time, but the wrong thing for the internet and society.”

His perspective was that there was no ill-intent or hidden agenda with everyone acting the way they thought was best at the time.

This could be a preemptive defense for the fact he told Congress under oath that there was no partisan censorship happening within Twitter.

Dorsey’s confession at least makes it harder for the left to deny that anything nefarious was happening. But it doesn’t excuse Twitter’s acceptance of becoming a weaponized arm of the government that had real effects on our nation.