Jack Dorsey announced his resignation from social media giant Twitter on Monday.  He was one of the Co-Founders of Twitter in 2006 and has served as its CEO for six years since 2015.  “I want you all to know that this was my decision and I own it,” Dorsey wrote. “It was a tough one for me, of course. I love this service and company… and all of you so much. I’m really sad… yet really happy.”  Twitter Chief Tech Officer Parag Agrawal was appointed as his replacement.

 

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Dorsey will remain CEO of his payment company Square.  Investors raised concerns about potential conflicts of interest while he served as CEO of both companies, which led activist investors to attempt an ouster against him last year.

Dorsey has been the subject of controversy as Twitter has engaged in widespread censorship of conservatives since the 2016 Presidential election.  During the 2020 Presidential election, Twitter came under fire for blocking leaked content from Hunter Biden’s laptop from being posted on their website.  Dorsey later apologized and updated Twitter’s policy banning hacked materials from being shared.

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After Twitter banned President Donald Trump from their website in the wake of the January 6th protests, Dorsey was captured on video proposing a more widespread censorship policy for Twitter.

“We know we are focused on one account right now, but this is going to be much bigger than just one account, and it’s going to go on for much longer than just this day, this week, and the next few weeks, and go on beyond the inauguration,” Dorsey said. “So, the focus is certainly on this account and how it ties to real-world violence. But also, we need to think much longer-term around how these dynamics play out over time. I don’t believe this is going away anytime soon.” Dorsey said in leaked audio footage obtained by Project Veritas.

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