Twitter-Musk deal: Nothing said now matters, Jack Dorsey says of controversies

Amid a cloud of uncertainty after billionaire mogul Elon Musk took over Twitter, its co-founder and former CEO Jack Dorsey unleashed a tweet storm in which he shared his thoughts on the shortcomings of the social media platform, user trust and whether or not it should be permanently ban users. Since Musk’s takeover deal was finalized, many Twitter employees have been worried about how the future will unfold for them. They would have hoped that Dorsey, who shares a close relationship with Musk, would clear things up for them. But they risk being disappointed. Dorsey, however, said nothing of what is being said now on Twitter questions.

Musk has publicly denounced some senior Twitter executives for banning users who violate Twitter policies. And that filled most of the other employees with a degree of uncertainty. Dorsey didn’t directly mention these episodes, but did offer some vague ideas about how Twitter might address these issues.

“Every decision we made was ultimately my responsibility,” Dorsey said. “In the cases we got it wrong or went too far, we admitted it and worked to correct it.”

Without mentioning specific issues, he said “some things” can be fixed immediately, but others require reimplementing the entire system. “All of this should be done publicly,” he added.

Dorsey appeared to refer to the controversies Twitter has stirred up recently, saying, “Nothing said now matters. What matters is how the service performs and behaves, and how quickly it learns and improves. The former CEO admitted that it was his failure that he couldn’t fix the issues in time.

Dorsey, however, has made it clear that he doesn’t believe in a “permanent ban” except for illegal activity, and Twitter demands a “resilient protocol” to avoid such situations in the future.

Interestingly, Twitter permanently banned former US President Donald Trump last year after a pro-Trump mob besieged the US Capitol. The company cited a risk of additional violence if Trump were allowed on the microblogging site. However, Trump said he would not return to Twitter even after Musk’s takeover.


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