This is the main reason we banned Trump's account, Twitter CEO Dorsey opens up
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This is the main reason we banned Trump's account, Twitter CEO Dorsey opens up

- Jack Dorsey of Twitter has given a clarification on why President Donald Trump's account was banned

- Dorsey said the site was only guarding against the public dangers of unconfirmed and unverifiable news

- The Twitter CEO noted that the social media platform is keeping its promise of upholding healthy public conversation

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Months after President Donald Trump's Twitter account was restricted during the United States' presidential election, and later banned, Chief Executive Officer, Jack Dorsey, has explained why the action was taken.

For clarity, Dorsey set the record straight by saying that he is not particularly proud of making that crucial decision at the time, nor does he feel any sense of joy knowing the circumstances that surrounded the development.

Dorsey said that ban came after several warnings to the outgoing US leader and was eventually enacted in keeping with the initial promise to promote public safety through reliable and verifiable information.

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The Twitter boss pointed out that then just as it is currently, "Offline harm as a result of online speech is demonstrably real," implying that fake news has a tendency to incite public unrest in any given nation.

He went on to say that although Trump has the freedom of speech, this liberty can be used negatively, hence Twitter's timely action.

This is the main reason we banned Trump's account, Twitter CEO
Dorsey said Trump's Twitter account was banned because the site was aiming at promoting public safety (Photo: @jack, @realDonaldTrump)
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Dorsey noted that persons who do not agree with the site's rules have the option of voicing their views on other social media platforms.

Read Dorsey's tweets on the issue:

Meanwhile, YouTube issued a strike on Trump's channel that had a following of over 2.5 million people.

YouTube said Trump's channel violated its content policies after it uploaded a video with the potential of inciting people to violence.

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As a result of the policy infringement, the platform said it had suspended the account's ability to upload new videos for at least seven days after which it may consider restoring the account or sustain the chokehold.

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