You don’t say! Dorsey admits the purge will go beyond ‘one account’
To paraphrase Bette Davis: Buckle up, it’s going to a bumpy four years.
At least for conservatives on social media.
Thanks to Project Veritas, we’ve now learned that Big Tech mogul and Civil War re-enactor lookalike Jack Dorsey intends to make Twitter a no man’s land – and hat tip to Congressman Cleaver, a no woman’s land – for those on the right. And at the same time, Big Tech is moving to crush its competition.
In the video, recorded on Jan. 8, the day Twitter banned Trump from its platform, Dorsey said, “We are focused on one account (Trump’s) right now, but this is going to be much bigger than just one account, and it’s going to go on for much longer than just this day, this week, and the next few weeks, and go on beyond the inauguration.”
— James O’Keefe (@JamesOKeefeIII) January 14, 2021
Continuing, @Jack added, “We have to expect that, we have to be ready for that. So, the focus is certainly on this account, and how it ties to real-world violence. But also, we need to think much longer-term around how these dynamics play out over time.”
He added, “I don’t believe this is going away any time soon. And the moves that we’re making today around QAnon for instance, is one such example of a much broader approach that we should be looking at, and going deeper on.”
Dorsey was true to his word. A couple days after that video was made, Twitter erased 70,000 accounts that were reportedly linked to the conspiracy gurus at QAnon, but which also followed many high-profile conservative personalities. As Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who watched his tally of followers shrink by more than 36,000, put it, “This is how you create an echo chamber.”
— FistanDANtilus Marshall #GLM (@DanMilkman1) January 14, 2021
And that chamber, of course, will be filled with the grating voice of AOC whispering sweet nothings – literally stuff devoid of any intellectual substance – into your feed.
Dorsey went on, explaining that his team is focused on the “much bigger picture.”
“The U.S. is extremely divided,” he said. “Our platform is showing that every single day, and our role is to protect the integrity of that conversation, and do what we can to make sure that no one is being harmed based off that. And that’s the focus. And that is the color we want to provide.” That color will be blue, obviously. As QAnon would point out, have you seen Twitter’s logo?
To his credit, Dorsey allowed the video to stay on the Twitter feed of PV founder James O’Keefe, although it seemed for first-time viewers, it carried a “potentially sensitive content” tag.
— Fer Pineda (@ferpineda7) January 14, 2021
On Twitter, many of Dorsey’s fans asked what the big deal was with such comments. They accepted his implied meaning that he wanted to contain speech that could induce violence. One user put it, “He’s very clearly talking about preventing violent rhetoric on HIS platform. He said we’re very divided and we want to focus on maintaining the integrity of that conversation. He’s not talking about banning conservatives, he’s talking about moderating hateful and violent speech.”
And that’s what @Jack wants you to believe.
On the other hand, as the Daily Wire pointed out, Twitter has done nothing to seven noteworthy accounts of people who spread hate or openly call for violence. They include the Ayatollah Khamenei, the leader of Iran; Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam; Zabiullah Mujahid, spokesman for the Taliban; the Chinese embassy in America; Antifa in New York City; Venezuelan dictator Nicolas Maduro; and suspected comedian – and comedienne – Kathy Griffin, infamous for posting a picture of herself hoisting a mock-up of Trump’s bloody, severed head.
Moreover, The Federalist columnist David Marcus pointed out on Tuesday that the hashtags #KillTrump and #AssassinateTrump are still floating around in @Jack’s magical box.
Everyone that is arguing for this, keep in mind it could just as easily been your side of the aisle and likely should have been. If he truly believes what he says without bias https://t.co/mng8K3p2we
— 🇺🇸🄱🄾🅂🅃🅁🄰🄳🄴🅁™ (@Blackopstocks) January 14, 2021
Dorsey would be more believable if, to end on a paraphrase, he admitted there were bad people on both sides, and either stopped them all or simply quit picking winners and losers to ban. Till then, buckle up.