Jack Dorsey Says He Once Ate a Goat That Mark Zuckerberg Personally Slaughtered With a Knife and a ‘Laser Gun’


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It’s long been public knowledge that Mark Zuckerberg, the billionaire founder of Facebook, has hardcore New Year’s resolutions. In 2009, he pledged to wear a tie to work everyday. In 2010, he pledged to learn Mandarin. In 2011, he pledged to only eat the flesh of animals he had slaughtered with his own hands. Weird flex but OK pal. Reports of unorthodox behavior from Zuckerberg are nothing new. One said he got a hunting license in order to slay a bison for the dinner table. We now have a first hand account of Zuckerberg’s bloodthirsty resolution. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey was asked about his most memorable encounter with the Facebook chief. “Well, there was a year when he was only eating what he was killing,” Dorsey replied. “He made goat for me for dinner. He killed the goat.” “He kills it Continue reading "Jack Dorsey Says He Once Ate a Goat That Mark Zuckerberg Personally Slaughtered With a Knife and a ‘Laser Gun’"

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on Far Right Pundit Who Posted Anti-Semitic Tweets: ‘He’s Got Interesting Points’


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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey was pressed about his contacts with an alt-right figure during an interview with HuffPost, which he responded to by saying the fringe pundit has “interesting points.” The topic was brought up during Dorsey’s lengthy interview with HuffPost’s Ashley Feinberg, who interrogated the big tech executive on Twitter’s myriad of controversies. Dorsey’s relationship with Ali Akbar, who has a long history of obsessing over which media figures and outlets are “Jewish,” began last summer as Twitter faced criticism for allowing Alex Jones to stay on their platform. The Twitter head eventually gave in to calls to ban Jones, but he maintains that Akbar — who has guest hosted Jones’s conspiracy network Infowars — is worth listening to. “During that time, I reached out to a bunch of people,” Dorsey said after Feinberg asked about Akbar. “You want to get as many thoughts as possible.” Continue reading "Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on Far Right Pundit Who Posted Anti-Semitic Tweets: ‘He’s Got Interesting Points’"

Meghan McCain Rages Against Twitter, Jack Dorsey: A Photo of a ‘Glock Pointed at My Head’ Was Allowed to Go Viral


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Meghan McCain went after Twitter and its CEO, Jack Dorsey, on Thursday as she raised questions about the offensive and provocative material allowed to stay up on the social networking site. McCain’s comments came during a conversation on The View about Twitter deciding that a video of Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan comparing Jews to termites is not a violation of their rules. The panel pored through Farrakhan’s history of anti-Semitic comments, and discussed how much protection those types of remarks have under the First Amendment, and whether Twitter needs a new policy dealing with such statements. McCain recalled a picture of her that got traction online while she was grieving for her father, the late Senator John McCain. The image showed a photoshopped gun being pointed at the head of the senator’s daughter while she tearfully stood at her dad’s casket. McCain said the picture was only Continue reading "Meghan McCain Rages Against Twitter, Jack Dorsey: A Photo of a ‘Glock Pointed at My Head’ Was Allowed to Go Viral"

Kanye West Says Jack Dorsey Working on ‘Reprogramming’ Twitter to Allow People to Remove Followers and Likes


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Kanye West live streamed a 10-minute video of himself on Saturday night, in which he claimed that Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said he was working on reprogramming Twitter to remove followers and likes. In a live stream video on Periscope titled “Mind control” — which you can watch above — the rapper, producer and designer spoke out about his controversial appearance in the White House alongside President Donald Trump. He pushed back on his critics, accusing them of trying to control him and offered criticism of social media — even invoking Ayn Rand. West also revealed that he had spoken to Dorsey earlier on Saturday. “[Dorsey] said they’re working for the next four months on reprogramming to allow people to take off the followers, and allow people to take off the, you know, take off the likes. Because that works against your self-worth,” West said. “The beauty you have is Continue reading "Kanye West Says Jack Dorsey Working on ‘Reprogramming’ Twitter to Allow People to Remove Followers and Likes"

Laura Loomer Crashes Jack Dorsey Hearing, Drowned Out by GOP Rep. Doing an Amazing Auctioneer Voice


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Alt-right provocateur Laura Loomer tried to interrupt Jack Dorsey during his congressional hearing today, though depending on where you sat in Congress, you might not have noticed because you were distracted by the hilarious mockery she got from Congressman Billy Long (R-MO). Loomer teamed up with Alex Jones and his motley crew of conspiracy-peddling whack jobs as they went around Congress to bemoan conservative censorship on social media. When Dorsey testified before the House Energy and Commerce Committee about this alleged suppression, Loomer got up and started screaming about how the Twitter CEO is a “liar” and trying to use his platform to swing the midterm elections. If Loomer was looking to be taken seriously though, it looks like it didn’t work. How do we know? Well, since she was too far away for Long to hear her rambling, he called on his experience as an auctioneer and joked the Continue reading "Laura Loomer Crashes Jack Dorsey Hearing, Drowned Out by GOP Rep. Doing an Amazing Auctioneer Voice"

Dem Rep. Tees Off on Republicans’ Twitter Complaints During Jack Dorsey Hearing: ‘It’s a Load of Crap’


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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey is testifying before the House Energy and Commerce Committee on a number of issues regarding the social media giant, including Republican complaints of alleged censorship of conservatives. Congresman Mike Doyle (D- PA) read off statements by President Donald Trump and other Republicans making claims against Twitter that Dorsey said were just false. “The premise of this whole hearing and the reason that Twitter somehow… got the singular honor to sit in front of this committee,” Doyle said, “is because there’s some implication that your site is trying to censor conservative voices on your platform.” He spoke with Dorsey about being an “equal opportunity shadow-banner” that isn’t solely targeting Republicans and asked, “Twitter undertook no behavior to selectively Continue reading "Dem Rep. Tees Off on Republicans’ Twitter Complaints During Jack Dorsey Hearing: ‘It’s a Load of Crap’"

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg: We Were Too Slow to Respond to Russian Interference, ‘That is On Us’


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Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey are on Capitol Hill today answering questions about foreign influence and use of social media for disruption and other bad acts. In her opening remarks, Facebook’s Sandberg took responsibility on behalf of the company for their slow response to Russian interference in 2016. “At its best, Facebook plays a positive role in our democracy, enabling representatives to connect with their constituents, reminding people to register and to vote, and giving people a place to freely express their opinions about the issues that matter to them,” Sandberg began. “However, we’ve also seen what can happen when our service is abused.” “As a bipartisan report from this committee said, Russia used social media as part of, and I quote, a comprehensive and multi-faceted campaign to sow discord, undermine democratic institutions, and interfere in U.S. elections and those of our allies,” she Continue reading "Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg: We Were Too Slow to Respond to Russian Interference, ‘That is On Us’"

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Reportedly Overruled Staff to Keep Alex Jones on Platform


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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey told a confidant that he overruled his staff on booting conspiracy theorist Alex Jones off the platform, according to a new Wall Street Journal report. Amidst a raging public debate last month over whether Jones should be removed from social media platforms, Facebook, Apple Music, Spotify and YouTube all banned the controversial personality. Jones and his website Infowars still have a place on Twitter, however. And per the Wall Street Journal, Dorsey personally made the call:
Last month, after Twitter’s controversial decision to allow conspiracy theorist Alex Jones to remain on its platform, Mr. Dorsey told one person that he had overruled a decision by his staff to kick Mr. Jones off, according to a person familiar with the discussion. Twitter disputes that account and says Mr. Dorsey wasn’t involved in those discussions.
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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Set to Testify Before House Committee Next Month


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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey is set to testify in front of the House Energy and Commerce Committee on September 5. Dorsey’s appearance was confirmed by the committee in a tweet on Friday. Dorsey’s planned appearance, which was first discussed in May, comes in response to increasing public scrutiny of Twitter. Twitter previously confirmed Dorsey was willing to attend and framed the testimony as part of Twitter’s “regular outreach.” “As part of Twitter’s regular outreach to Capitol Hill, Jack is meeting with several members of Congress on a wide range of issues, including our work to promote the public health of conversations online and to protect data privacy,” a company spokesperson said in a statement. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.), the head of the committee Continue reading "Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Set to Testify Before House Committee Next Month"

Dear Jack Dorsey: Yes Twitter Is Biased, But Your Bigger Problem Is Lack of Transparency


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There is no better evidence of the utter dysfunction of our badly broken national dialogue than the fact that Twitter has such dramatic influence on it. Twitter enables our dangerously short attention spans, and the character-limited format intrinsically elevates style over substance. It shouldn’t be a surprise, then, that such an outlet, seemingly built to appeal to a middle-school mentality, helped an emotionally immature bully with a seemingly bad case of ADHD become president of the United States. Not coincidentally, it has also become, contrary to Donald Trump’s promises, his preferred medium of communication while in office. A lot has been said recently about Twitter’s other problems, particularly their alleged liberal bias (it’s not exactly stunning that a tech company based in Silicon Valley just outside of San Francisco would have a cultural bias against conservatives!). The issue of how they can maintain their user rules without destroying all Continue reading "Dear Jack Dorsey: Yes Twitter Is Biased, But Your Bigger Problem Is Lack of Transparency"

CNN’s Oliver Darcy Mocks Twitter CEO’s Temporary Suspension of Alex Jones: ‘Comical’ He Thinks This Will Work


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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey was hopeful a temporary suspension of Alex Jones‘ hate-filled conspiracy-mongering account would force him to shape up, but CNN’s Oliver Darcy said the slap on the wrist was virtually worthless. Darcy, whose reporting uncovered a slew of tweets he argued were in violation of the platform’s guidelines, bashed Dorsey’s handling of the matter, which the social media mogul defended in a previous interview with Reliable Sources‘ Brian Stelter. “It sounds kind of comical that he thinks that putting Alex Jones in a Twitter timeout for a week is going to really effect his behavior,” Darcy said. “It sort of sounds like he’s a college professor. He’s dealing in hypotheticals and philosophy here. But this isn’t a classroom. There are real problems that are having real impact on people’s lives and it’s happening now.” While Stelter gave Dorsey props for “asking the right questions,” Continue reading "CNN’s Oliver Darcy Mocks Twitter CEO’s Temporary Suspension of Alex Jones: ‘Comical’ He Thinks This Will Work"

Twitter CEO: I Don’t Want to Live in a World Where We Only See Happy Things


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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has come under fire from critics who say his company isn’t tough enough on bad actors like Alex Jones, but the social media mogul says it’s tricky. In an interview with CNN’s Brian Stelter that aired Sunday on Reliable Sources, Dorsey defended his handling of Jones’ account, which was rife with hateful content and conspiracy theory promotion.
Twitter had initially claimed the Infowars leader didn’t violate user standards, later making an about face and temporarily suspending him with a virtual timeout. Some have called for increased monitoring of content, but Doresy argued it’s not so simple. “While we could do that, it requires so many resources. Hours and hours and hours of looking through video content ,” he told Stelter. “As we receive reports, we take action.” Despite evidence that penalties can change users’ behavior, Dorsey wasn’t sure it would work in Jones’ Continue reading "Twitter CEO: I Don’t Want to Live in a World Where We Only See Happy Things"

Jack Dorsey: ‘I Fully Admit’ Twitter Has to Be More Transparent With Policy Enforcement, ‘That’s On Me’


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On Saturday, CNN previewed a portion of Brian Stelter‘s interview with Jack Dorsey, and the Twitter CEO admitted that his social media platform has to do more in terms of maintaining trust with users and avoiding bias. Much of the interview revolved around the allegations from conservatives that Twitter uses shadowbanning and other forms of censorship to suppress right-wingers. President Trump went on a tangent about this earlier in the day, so Dorsey defended himself while acknowledging the question of “are we doing something according to political ideology or viewpoints?” “We are not. Period,” Dorsey said. “We do not look at content with regards to political viewpoint or ideology. We look at behavior, and we use that behavior as a signal to add to relevance.” As the interview continued, Dorsey conceded that some people might not believe him because “I fully admit” to Twitter’s left-leaning bias. Continue reading "Jack Dorsey: ‘I Fully Admit’ Twitter Has to Be More Transparent With Policy Enforcement, ‘That’s On Me’"

Jack Dorsey says Twitter is experimenting with features to promote “alternative viewpoints” in people’s timelines


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All unhappy social media networks are unhappy in their own ways. Twitter has capped off a weird week of equivocating over the presence of Alex Jones and InfoWars on its platform as other platforms like Facebook and YouTube finally decided to boot Infowars content. (Jones is currently facing a seven-day mini-ban, putting his account in “read-only mode.” He can still read tweets and send DMs, but he can’t tweet himself, like, or RT anything.) Now, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey says the platform will be experimenting with “features that would promote alternative viewpoints in Twitter’s timeline to address misinformation,” according to an interview Dorsey gave to the Washington Post. Twitter would also consider adding “context” around false tweets, a practice YouTube is also testing through partnerships with Wikipedia and Encyclopedia Brittanica. From the Post:
Dorsey said Twitter hasn’t changed its incentives, which were originally designed to nudge people to
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Lester Holt to Jack Dorsey: Would Trump’s Tweet Attacking Omarosa as a ‘Dog’ Violate Terms of Service?


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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey talked on NBC Nightly News tonight about putting Alex Jones in a “timeout,” but he also weighed in on tweets from the President. Donald Trump loves Twitter and uses it almost every day to attack his political foes and the “fake news.” Just yesterday he went after Omarosa: After Dorsey expressed his regret for not taking faster action on cracking down on Sandy Hook falsehoods, Lester Holt asked him, “Do you make exceptions for high-profile individuals in terms of your rules of service?” “No,” Dorsey said. “We hold every account to the same standard, to the same rules.” Holt Continue reading "Lester Holt to Jack Dorsey: Would Trump’s Tweet Attacking Omarosa as a ‘Dog’ Violate Terms of Service?"

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Tells NBC News Alex Jones Ban is a ‘Timeout’ to ‘Alter His Behavior’


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NBC’s Lester Holt interviewed Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey for a segment set to air on Wednesday’s NBC Nightly News. And much of the discussion gravitated around the question of why the social media platform hasn’t done more to take action against Infowars’ Alex Jones. Dorsey, for his part, said, that the seven day “timeout” given to Jones will lead him to “think” about his actions. “Any suspension — whether it be a permanent suspension or a temporary one — makes someone think about their actions, and their behaviors,” Dorsey said. Jones was banned from various social media websites over the Continue reading "Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Tells NBC News Alex Jones Ban is a ‘Timeout’ to ‘Alter His Behavior’"

We can write about Twitter, we can stay on Twitter, but we can’t expect anything from Twitter


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The growing stream of reporting on and data about fake news, misinformation, partisan content, and news literacy is hard to keep up with. This weekly roundup offers the highlights of what you might have missed.

Are you still having fun? Brief recap of why Alex Jones and Infowars are bad and gross. Infowars is a conspiracy-theory-driven website that publishes many fake stories and also sells a ton of overpriced and ineffective nutritional supplements. (It has also, over the years, ripped off thousands of pieces of content not just from Russia Today but also from mainstream news organizations like The Washington Post, The New York Times, BuzzFeed, and CNN.) Some of the conspiracy theories that Jones has propagated on the site and his daily radio show: That the Sandy Hook massacre was a hoax (Sandy Hook parents are suing Jones for claiming that their murdered children were crisis actors); that Continue reading "We can write about Twitter, we can stay on Twitter, but we can’t expect anything from Twitter"

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to Sean Hannity: ‘We Do Not Shadow Ban According to Political Ideology’


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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey told Fox News’s Sean Hannity on the latter’s radio show Wednesday that Twitter does not shadow ban people based on their political beliefs. “You have decided not to ban Alex Jones, in his particular case your argument was he hasn’t violated your rules but I think this is far more complicated than I think some people might understand,” Hannity began. “This is definitely not easy… but we’re trying to approach this with a very simple principle which is how do we earn more trust?” Dorsey replied. “We haven’t done a great job of [communication]… in the past, we’re trying to communicate a lot more in a clear and straightforward way, but there’s a lot of nuance in everything that we’re facing,” he added. “Has Twitter ever been involved in shadow banning?” Hannity asked directly. “We do not shadow ban according to political ideology Continue reading "Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to Sean Hannity: ‘We Do Not Shadow Ban According to Political Ideology’"

Twitter Users Criticize Jack Dorsey for Statement About Not Suspending Alex Jones


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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey put out a statement tonight defending the social media platform’s decision not to ban Alex Jones, and a lot of users weren’t happy. Jones, the notorious conspiracy theorist currently facing lawsuits from a number of Sandy Hook families, was kicked off multiple other platforms and has subsequently decried being “censored,” but Twitter has not yet followed suit. Dorsey said that Jones hasn’t violated the rules and argued, “Accounts like Jones’ can often sensationalize issues and spread unsubstantiated rumors, so it’s critical journalists document, validate, and refute such information directly so people can form their own opinions. This is what serves the public conversation best.” A lot of Twitter users criticized his statement for not sufficiently addressing concerns surrounding Jones:

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Defends Giving Alex Jones a Platform: ‘He Hasn’t Violated Our Rules’


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After two days of nonstop news coverage on all the social media sites that have banned or partially banned content from Infowars, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey defended keeping Alex Jones on the platform by saying that “he hasn’t violated our rules.” “We didn’t suspend Alex Jones or Infowars yesterday,” Dorsey wrote on Tuesday night. “We know that’s hard for many but the reason is simple: he hasn’t violated our rules.” In a lengthy Twitter thread, Dorsey went on to try and make peace with those who want Jones — who is America’s most famous conspiracy theorist — off of Twitter by clarifying that he will be held “to the same standard we hold to every account” to. “We’ll enforce if he does. And we’ll continue to promote a healthy conversational environment by ensuring tweets aren’t artificially amplified,” he added. Dorsey was heavily pressured today and on Monday to Continue reading "Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Defends Giving Alex Jones a Platform: ‘He Hasn’t Violated Our Rules’"