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Jack is complicit

Protesters project anti-Trump message onto Twitter HQ

‘Jack Dorsey brought 280 characters to Twitter, but what Twitter needs is a CEO with more character’

Protesters in San Francisco projected the words “@jack is #complicit” on the walls of Twitter HQ following President Donald Trump’s not-so-subtle threat of nuclear war to North Korea yesterday.

The group, called Resistance SF, is also demanding that Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey should either “resign or ban @realDonaldTrump” to prevent political situations from escalating. In a statement on their Facebook page, Resistance SF accused Dorsey of enabling Trump “from his first dog whistles in the birther movement to his latest nuclear pissing contest”.

“@Jack is #complicit. He endangers the world and allows Trump to break his company’s own terms of service to do it. As long as he is CEO of Twitter and Square, they cannot be considered moral tech companies, and the board of directors of both should do the right thing and insist that either Trump or Jack must go. Jack Dorsey brought 280 characters to Twitter, but what Twitter needs is a CEO with more character,” the statement continued.

On January 3rd, Donald Trump took to Twitter to boast about the size of the “nuclear button” on his desk, following a conference by the North Korean premier Kim Jong Un – although he neglected to comment on the size of his tiny hands. 

Although such a button doesn’t actually exist, users were quick to report the poorly veiled threat, but Twitter’s automated response stated that the tweet did not violate the company’s rules against abusive behaviour. As it is, the company’s ban on promoting violence does not apply to “military or government entities”.

This isn’t the first time that Twitter has been criticized for failing to take action against Trump’s bombastic Twitter politics. In May last year, however, CEO Jack Dorsey defended the company’s decision to keep Trump’s account by emphasising its “newsworthiness”.

“I believe it's really important to have these conversations out in the open, rather than have them behind closed doors. So if we're all to suddenly take these platforms away, where does it go?” he said.