Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey addressed claims that the social networking platform targeted conservatives, saying that the company may have been “too aggressive” in banning some activists from the site.
In a Tuesday podcast interview on “The Joe Rogan Experience,” the tech exec along with his chief legal officer, Vijaya Gadde, discussed accusations of the company catering to liberal viewpoints.
During the discussion, the topic of the infamous “learn to code” tweets was brought up. These tweets were sent to journalists earlier this year who were laid off amidst broader corporate media cuts.
Twitter treated the aforementioned phrase as “abusive behavior” and a violation of its terms and services.
“Probably our team having a lack of context into actually what’s happening, as well,” Dorsey said. “We would fully admit we probably were way too aggressive when we first saw this, as well, and made mistakes.”
Gadde defended Twitter’s decision however, telling Rogan that the company researched the incidents, and found that “thousands and thousands” of tweets were being directed at a small number of journalists. Gadde said receiving tons of Tweets in a short time span can feel like harassment.
Several of the accounts that sent the tweets were ban evasion accounts, Gadde explained, which means they that had been previously suspended. Gadde added that the tweets appeared to be a “coordinated harassment campaign.”
The memes that were sent to journalists originated on 4chan.
Gadde said she wants to make the reasoning behind Twitter’s decisions more clear to the public.
“We’re thinking of doing something we call case studies. Essentially, this is our case law. This is what we use. And so high profile cases, cases people ask us about, like to actually publish this so that we can go through, you know, tweet by tweet just like this.” she said.
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