Jack Dorsey has responded to Elon Musk’s proposed exposé of what’s known as “The Twitter Files,” and he’s done just that. In a gracious essay No Written as a Twitter thread. In it, the social network’s co-founder and former CEO says he believes the company has nothing to hide, contrary to how the files were submitted. He said he wanted the information released “WikiLeaks-style” and asked Twitter employees not to go online. Of course, his article promotes his own social networking protocol and Bitcoin.
Dorsey’s response comes after more than a week of publicity from Elon Musk Five Chosen Document Publishes Known as Twitter filesTwitter’s removal of Donald Trump following the Jan. 6 riots shows internal documents, Slack logs and emails surrounding matters such as “block lists” and how the site handled news about Hunter Biden’s laptop. The threads and Musk’s publicity have often taken on a conspiratorial tone, portraying former Twitter leadership and staff as colluding with the government to silence Twitter users.
Dorsey did not explicitly admit to his post that “mistakes were made” on Twitter, but he believes the company had “no ulterior motive or hidden agenda, and everyone was acting according to the best information we had at the time.”
Dorsey thinks the Twitter files didn’t go far enough
Later in the post, Dorsey takes issue with how the files were handed over to specific journalists who posted excerpts and reported on them. “I still want Twitter and every company to be uncomfortably transparent in all their actions,” Dorsey writes, adding that he wants “more eyes and interpretations to be considered” for the files. It’s an interesting request, given that he’s asking for receipts at his own company, and as my colleague Adi Robertson described when we discussed the article — it seems that Dorsey may be fully aware of any kind of decision-making process. The dump is revealing, and I don’t think it’s too bad.
Dorsey talks a lot in his post about how he thinks transparency and moderation should work, since cherry-picked documents were used by Musk and others to attack former Twitter employees, and he wants a more transparent process. “The current attacks on my former colleagues are dangerous and won’t solve anything,” he says bluntly, but Dorsey’s description doesn’t describe how bad things were. CNN reported on Monday That Yoel Roth, former president of Trust and Security Musk had to leave his home after he said he supported pedophilia in now-deleted tweets. There is musk He also accused Noted other former Twitter employees did nothing to prevent child trafficking on the platform.
Twitter files posts damage in other ways as well — in a few cases, incomplete censorship of leaked contact information for politicians, Twitter employees and Dorsey.
This isn’t the first time Dorsey has apologized for something that happened last month — after leaving Twitter He said he was responsible For Musk’s initial wave Mass layoffs, he said they were necessary because the company was growing so fast. Earlier this year, Dorsey said He believed Musk was the “single solution” he believed in running Twitter as a company, and said he believed in Musk’s “mission to expand the light of consciousness.” Although he doesn’t seem to have fully retracted that statement yet, he is Challenged A Some of Musk’s statements Outside of his latest post.
Dorsey’s post isn’t entirely about Twitter. He’s using it to give Signal, an encrypted messaging app, a million dollars a year, and to “ask for recommendations on other grants he should make in social media and private communications protocols, bitcoin, and web-only mobile OSes.” .”
Dorsey too Works on a decentralized social media protocol called Bluesky, the post gets several references along with the founder’s ideas for how social media should work (which he says Twitter hasn’t been able to implement because of its status as a public company). His policies include preventing governments and corporations from influencing conversations, ensuring moderation decisions take place on a “localized” basis, and allowing people to choose their own ranking mechanisms or (somehow) decide not to use one.
A particularly eyebrow-raising statement from Dorsey says that “any content that someone produces for the Internet must remain permanent until the original author chooses to remove it,” and that “removals and suspensions of content are not possible.” He acknowledges that the stance could create “significant problems” in terms of “illegal activity” (what happens when this stance collides with someone posting child sexual abuse or revenge porn?), but says the ideal is “permissive.” to much better solutions than we have today.”