Jack Dorsey has got himself into a fix. He allowed disinformation and damaging tweets from the president to pass into the real-time stream without comment. The idea that “if the president says it, it should be made available to the public” held sway. Surely people will make the appropriate judgements about his statements and act accordingly.
This approach assumes that the statements have no effect on a reader’s ability to judge both the speaker and the statement. This is false. The purpose of military-grade disinformation campaigns is to destroy the readers capacity to distinguish what is true and false, what is moral and immoral. Once our capacity for judgement is damaged, anything becomes permissible.
After the horse had left the barn, Dorsey authorized his team to tag a few of the president’s tweets with fact check links. And then, another tweet with a notice that it violated the company’s policy against fomenting violence.
The president’s statements published through Twitter will continue to escalate as November approaches. The question for Jack Dorsey is whether he will continue to meet the challenge or will he fold and allow the president to execute his disinformation campaign. Jack’s opposite number at Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, has already folded. In fact, he’s using his team’s algos to pour gasoline on the president’s disinformation campaign. Mark views this as a business opportunity.
What do you call neutrality in the face of the destruction of our democratic republic?