Former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey admits he is ‘partially to blame’ for corporate-controlled internet

Former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey admits he is ‘partially to blame’ for corporate-controlled internet

Jack Dorsey, former CEO of Twitter, said last week he realizes he is “partially to blame” for the state of the internet today, and regrets not having the foresight to prevent centralizing the internet.

“The days of usenet, irc, the web…even email (w PGP)…were amazing. centralizing discovery and identity into corporations really damaged the internet,” Dorsey Tweeted on April 2. “I realize I’m partially to blame, and regret it.”

The Tweet comes months after Dorsey stepped down as Twitter’s CEO in November, and about a month before he leaves the Twitter board of directors.

Dorsey’s Tweet refers to a few corporations that dominate the space. Twitter, for instance, is an example of internet centralization because a large amount of internet users already have accounts.

Other corporations that have centralized the internet include Meta Platforms, Alphabet (which owns Google), and Amazon. This is not the first time Dorsey has lamented the direction in which Twitter took off after its launch. In 2020 he told The New York Times he regretted not planning for the “ramifications of the tiny decisions” he and the Twitter board made.

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