Co-founder and former CEO of Twitter, Jack Dorsey, sided with Elon Musk this week, agreeing with the likely new owner of the company that permanent Twitter bans are ineffective and useless.
The two apparently had a recent discussion about the use of permanent bans for Twitter users ahead of Musk’s impending takeover of the platform. “He and I are of the same mind that permanent bans should be extremely rare and really reserved for accounts that are bots or spam scam accounts,” Musk said of the conversation.
In a Tweet following Musk’s comments, Dorsey Tweeted, “I do agree. There are exceptions (CSE, illegal behaviour, spam or network manipulation, etc), but generally permanent bans are a failure of ours and don’t work.”
Dorsey also pointed to a thread he started when the Trump ban took place, defending the decision to boot the former president from Twitter. In the thread, Dorsey wrote, “I do not celebrate or feel pride in our having to ban
@realDonaldTrump from Twitter, or how we got here. 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.”
He continued, “I believe this was the right decision for Twitter. We faced an extraordinary and untenable circumstance, forcing us to focus all of our actions on public safety.”
Axios reporter Dan Primack responded to Dorsey, pointing out the contradiction between the former CEO’s current Tweets and his old ones regarding perma-bans. “A bit confused. That old thread you posted says you agree with the decision, but regret the circumstances/decisions/etc. that led to that conclusion of a perma ban,” Primack said. “Or am I misreading? Or are you saying the decision should have been subsequently revisited?”
Dorsey clarified, responding, “It was a business decision, it shouldn’t have been. and we should always revisit our decisions and evolve as necessary. I stated in that thread and still believe that permanent bans of individuals are directionally wrong.”