Twitter, the social media site for people who like getting angry at things, has long been a haven for misogynistic harassers, white supremacists, and garden-variety trolls. The site has claimed to be working on this, but its supposed commitment to change has been repeatedly undermined by things like their decision to add a blue verified checkmark to neo-Nazi rally organizer Jason Kessler or refuse to punish toxic users like conspiracy kingpin Alex Jones. According to a Monday report in the Wall Street Journal, you can blame Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey personally for this. Dorsey has promised to solve the harassment issue on numerous occasions. But he’s also apparently terrified of offending the conservative movement—which is very loud, angry, and constantly spreading conspiracy theories about censorship on social media. So he’s mostly been spending his time trying to suck up to prominent conservatives and mumbling unconvincingly about free speech. The Journal wrote that Dorsey’s two-faced attitude to the problem has extended to overruling his own staff’s decision to ban Jones and, incredibly, intervening to bring white supremacist Richard Spencer back to the network after he was banned: Last month, after Twitter’s controversial decision to allow far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones to remain on its platform, Mr. Dorsey told one person that he had overruled a decision by his staff to kick Mr. Jones off, according to a person familiar with the discussion. Twitter disputes that account and says Mr. Dorsey wasn’t involved in those discussions. Twitter’s initial inaction on Mr. Jones,… [Read full story]
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