Jack Dorsey has been using Bluesky, the app he partially funded that is based on an open, federated social media protocol he advocates, to tell the truth about Twitter, Elon Musk and the decision to take the company private under the Tesla direction. CEO Dorsey admits Twitter is doing poorly under Musk, but also blames the board for forcing the sale and says Twitter had few options as a public company that would have ended well.
Dorsey was responding to a question from Bluesky user Jason Goldman about whether he thought Musk was the “best possible stew.” [sic]” (okay Jason, we all make typos and know you meant admin) with the following:
No. I also don’t think he acted right after he realized his timing was bad.
I also don’t think the board should have forced the sale. Everything went south. But it happened and all we can do now is build something to prevent it from happening again. So I’m glad Jay and the Nostr team and developers exist and build it.
Washington Post writer Will Oremus cited this post and attempted to frame it as Dorsey avoiding self-blame, which Dorsey strongly objected to, noting that he has previously apologized for his role in the fate of Twitter.
In addition to lamenting the state of Twitter under Musk and the circumstances that got him there, Dorsey also shared his view that Twitter “would never have survived as a public company,” suggesting that market conditions combined with the ‘state of the company at the time meant it was destined to be manipulated by activist investors and PE firms who were going to take it over. Dorsey also re-contextualized his now-infamous tweet stating that “Elon is the singular solution I trust,” clarifying that he was specifically referring to the fallout from Twitter’s takeover (presumably versus other activist hedge fund investors). .
Dorsey also criticized the charge that he “sold out” by selling the company to Musk, which is a brazen accusation, but mostly because, as Dorsey pointed out, public companies are inherently subject to the sale and acquisition that they are right (or wrong, I guess, depending on where you sit) the market conditions.
Jack Dorsey, co-founder and CEO of Twitter, is voicing his opinion about Elon Musk’s usage of the platform. Dorsey believes that the Tesla CEO should be more mindful of his behavior on the social media platform. Musk has not been abiding by Twitter’s terms of service concerning harassment, which has caused controversy in the past.
Dorsey recently took to Twitter to express his opinion on the matter, saying it is “time to be mindful,” as his comments were followed by a link to Twitter’s safety center. The safety center outlines some of Twitter’s rules and regulations around bullying, hate speech, and online harassment.
Musk has been in the news plenty over the past year with his outspoken comments on various topics and he has caused controversy with his tweets in the past. Dorsey has finally broken his silence on the matter and is using this chance to encourage the billionaire to use Twitter responsibly.
At Ikaroa, we believe that everyone should have the opportunity to use social media without the fear of being targeted or harassed by others. We encourage everyone to enforce the ethical use of social media to ensure that everyone can speak freely and feel safe while doing so. We also believe that celebrities like Elon Musk should use their platforms wisely and responsibly.