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Report: Twitter CEO Personally Weighs in on Who To Ban from Social Media Platform

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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey reportedly personally weighs in on content decisions on his prolific social media platform to the frustration of those who work for him.

“In policing content on the site and punishing bad actors, Twitter relies primarily on its users to report abuses and has a consistent set of policies so that decisions aren’t made by just one person, its executives say,” The Wall Street Journal reported.

However, in some cases, “Dorsey has weighed in on content decisions at the last minute or after they were made, sometimes resulting in changes and frustrating other executives and employees, according to people familiar with the matter,” The Journal added.

Twitter has denied that Dorsey overrules his staff, such as a recent decision to allow Alex Jones to remain on the platform, when Facebook and YouTube banned him.

“Any suggestion that Jack made or overruled any of these decisions is completely and totally false,” Twitter’s chief legal officer, Vijaya Gadde, said in a statement. “Our service can only operate fairly if it’s run through consistent application of our rules, rather than the personal views of any executive, including our CEO.”

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Sources told The Journal that Dorsey gets involved in high profile account issues, including presumably whether to ban users, but isn’t the final word.

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The CEO is slated to appear with Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg before the House Commerce Committee on Wednesday to address how his company treats conservative voices.

The hearing “is about pulling back the curtain on Twitter’s algorithms, how the company makes decisions about content, and how those decisions impact Americans,” said Commerce Chairman Rep. Greg Walden, R., Ore.

Dorsey waded into the “shadowbanning” controversy in July involving Republican Party chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, and GOP Reps. Jim Jordan and Mark Meadows, USA Today reported.

Their names did not appear in the auto-complete function while trying to conduct a search for their accounts on Twitter.

Kayvon Beykpour, product lead at Twitter, said the problem was not based on the users’ political views, but a glitch which was being fixed.

“Some accounts weren’t being auto-suggested even when people were searching for their specific name,” wrote Beykpour in a tweet in July.

“Our usage of the behavior signals within search was causing this to happen & making search results seem inaccurate. We’re making a change today that will improve this.”

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Dorsey tweeted in a thread on the subject, “It suffices to say, we have a lot more work to do to earn people’s trust on how we work.”

In April, Dorsey apologized for Twitter labeling Turning Point USA media director Candace Owens “far right.”

“Far right?” Owens questioned. “Allow me to clarify: I believe the black community can do it without hand-outs. I believe the Democrats have strapped us to our past to prevent us from our futures. And I won’t stop fighting until all black Americans see that. I’m not far right—I’m free.”

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article incorrectly identified the chief operating officer of Facebook as Sheryl Mills. Facebook’s COO is Sheryl Sandberg. We apologize for the error.

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Randy DeSoto has written more than 2,000 articles for The Western Journal since he joined the company in 2015. He is a graduate of West Point and Regent University School of Law. He is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths" and screenwriter of the political documentary "I Want Your Money."
Randy DeSoto is the senior staff writer for The Western Journal. He wrote and was the assistant producer of the documentary film "I Want Your Money" about the perils of Big Government, comparing the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. Randy is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths," which addresses how leaders have appealed to beliefs found in the Declaration of Independence at defining moments in our nation's history. He has been published in several political sites and newspapers.

Randy graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in political science and Regent University School of Law with a juris doctorate.
Birthplace
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Nationality
American
Honors/Awards
Graduated dean's list from West Point
Education
United States Military Academy at West Point, Regent University School of Law
Books Written
We Hold These Truths
Professional Memberships
Virginia and Pennsylvania state bars
Location
Phoenix, Arizona
Languages Spoken
English
Topics of Expertise
Politics, Entertainment, Faith




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