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Twitter’s CEO Jack Dorsey Admits His Site ‘Is More Left-Leaning’

The acknowledgment of bias was mere confirmation for conservatives long suspicious of the social media platform

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In an interview with CNN this weekend, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey confirmed what conservatives have long suspected.

In an era when the social media site has shadow-banned right-leaning thinkers and even suspended them as well, Dorsey responded to claims that Twitter has a liberal bias.

“Are we doing something according to political ideology or viewpoints? We are not. Period,” Dorsey said. “We do not look at content with regard to political viewpoint or ideology. We look at behavior.”

But then he added, “I think we need to constantly show that we are not adding our own bias— which I fully admit is Left, is more left-leaning. We need to remove all bias from how we act and our policies and our enforcement and our tools.”

So while he would not say outright that the site’s shadow bans (which make it more difficult for readers to find conservative users) were politically motivated, he did concede that the San Francisco-based Twitter holds a political bias at its core.

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Many conservatives jumped on the admission by Dorsey — even if they weren’t surprised by it.

Some people even believe Twitter should lose its protection in Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996, which states that “no provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider.”

If the platform was classified as a publisher instead of a platform, it could be held accountable for content posted on its site — such as a swarm of copyright infringements.

Certainly, the timing of the news is interesting: President Donald Trump had tweeted about bias against conservatives throughout social media on Saturday before Dorsey’s interview went viral.

Trump wrote, “Social Media is totally discriminating against Republican/Conservative voices. Speaking loudly and clearly for the Trump Administration, we won’t let that happen. They are closing down the opinions of many people on the RIGHT, while at the same time doing nothing to others. Censorship is a very dangerous thing & absolutely impossible to police. If you are weeding out Fake News, there is nothing so Fake as CNN & MSNBC, & yet I do not ask that their sick behavior be removed. I get used to it and watch with a grain of salt, or don’t watch at all.”

He continued, “Too many voices are being destroyed, some good & some bad, and that cannot be allowed to happen,” adding, “Who is making the choices, because I can already tell you that too many mistakes are being made. Let everybody participate, good & bad, and we will all just have to figure it out!”

Twitter’s admission of bias right about the same time the president charged it of that very thing — that doesn’t sound like a recipe for business success.

Last month, as fake accounts were purged from the site, Twitter’s stock dropped by about 21 percent, and it has yet to recover. One could argue it’s made conservatives far less likely to support the site, so it would not be too surprising to see its value further decline in the wake of Dorsey’s admissions.

Tom Joyce is a freelance writer from the South Shore of Massachusetts. He covers sports, pop culture, and politics and has contributed to The Federalist, Newsday, and other outlets.

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Tom Joyce is a freelance writer from the South Shore of Massachusetts. He covers sports, pop culture, and politics and has contributed to The Federalist, Newsday, ESPN, and other outlets.

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