- On Tuesday night in San Francisco, protesters projected a message directed at Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on Twitter’s main building.
- The message said “@jack is #complicit,” a reference to Twitter refusing to bar President Donald Trump from the social-media platform.
- The group claiming responsibility says: “@jack breaks the rules of his own company, Twitter, to amplify a madman and endanger the world. Jack Dorsey must resign or ban @realDonaldTrump.”
Protesters went after Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on Tuesday night using a projected message on the side of Twitter’s main headquarters in San Francisco.
The message was short: “@jack is #complicit.”
The group claiming responsibility for the projection, Resistance SF, explained the message via its Facebook page:
“@jack breaks the rules of his own company, Twitter,” a message posted with the photo above says. “Jack Dorsey must resign or ban @realDonaldTrump.” Dorsey’s handle on Twitter is “@jack,” and President Donald Trump’s is “@realDonaldTrump.”
Resistance SF claims that, by not barring Trump for his provocative tweet about North Korea on Tuesday, Twitter is intentionally skirting its terms of service.
The rule in question is this: “You may not make specific threats of violence or wish for the serious physical harm, death, or disease of an individual or group of people.”
The group says Trump’s recent message directed at North Korean leader Kim Jung Un is a violation of that rule.
“North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the ‘Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times,'” Trump tweeted on Tuesday evening. “Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!”
Twitter disagrees that this statement is a “specific threat of violence.” And Dorsey has said in the past that Twitter has bigger considerations in mind when policing the tweets of world leaders.
“I think it’s really important that we maintain open channels to our leaders, whether we like what they’re saying or not, because I don’t know of another way to hold them accountable,” Dorsey told Backchannel in early 2017. “Any time we have any leader tweet, including Trump, there’s a very interesting and thriving conversation. A mixture of fact checking, disagreement, agreement, and some random things.”