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Conservative Employees At Social Media Service Don’t Feel Free To Voice Their Opinions: Twitter CEO

The Twitter CEO also explained why he brought up Twitter's left-leaning employee bias to begin with.

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The Twitter logo appears on a phone post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.. VOA

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has said that the conservative employees at the social media service “dont feel safe to express their opinions” at work.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey – like his counterparts at Facebook and YouTube – has consistently said that his service isn’t biased.

“But the people who build Twitter are biased, Dorsey admitted in an interview last month, saying out loud what everyone already knew: Twitter, like most tech companies in Silicon Valley, has a lot more left-leaning employees than right-leaners,” Recode reported on Friday.

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Twitter Chief Executive Officer Jack Dorsey testifies before a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on foreign influence operations and their use of social media on Capitol Hill. VOA

Twitter is so liberal, in fact, that conservative employees “don’t feel safe to express their opinions” within the company, the report added.

“We have a lot of conservative-leaning folks in the company as well, and to be honest, they don’t feel safe to express their opinions at the company,” Dorsey was quoted as saying.

“They do feel silenced by just the general swirl of what they perceive to be the broader percentage of leanings within the company, and I don’t think that’s fair or right,” Dorsey added.

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Twitter on a smartphone device. VOA

The Twitter CEO also explained why he brought up Twitter’s left-leaning employee bias to begin with.

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“I think it’s more and more important to at least clarify what our own bias leans towards, and just express it,” he said.

“I’d rather know what someone biases to rather than try to interpret through their actions,” he added. (IANS)

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Twitterati Can Soon Clarify Tweets: CEO Jack Dorsey

Back in 2018, while visiting India for Twitter’s pre-election campaign, Dorsey was quizzed why Twitter does not have an edit button

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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey.
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey.

While Twitterati are waiting for an “edit” feature, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has said the micro-blogging platform is considering a “clarify” feature for its over 330 million users.

At a Goldman Sachs event in San Francisco on Thursday, Dorsey said he is considering a “clarify” feature that would allow users to add additional context to a tweet without changing the original content, 9to5Mac.com reported.

“One of the concepts we’re thinking about is clarifications… Kind of like retweet with comment… to add some context and some colour on what they might have tweeted, or what they might have meant,” Dorsey told the audience.

“By doing so you might imagine that the original tweet then would not have the sort of engagement around it. Like you wouldn’t be able to retweet the original tweet, for instance,” he added.

Earlier this month, Dorsey said Twitter is considering the possibility of adding support for editing tweets, but the original version of the tweet would still be viewable.

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The Twitter logo appears on a phone post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.. VOA

“Maybe we can introduce a 5-30 seconds delay in the sending of a tweet and within that window, you can edit because the issue with going longer than that is it takes that real-time nature of the conversational flow out of it,” 9To5Mac quoted Dorsey as saying in a podcast interview.

Dorsey first addressed the possibility of adding an edit feature for tweets in December 2016, based on the Twitteratis’ suggestions.

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Back in 2018, while visiting India for Twitter’s pre-election campaign, Dorsey was quizzed why Twitter does not have an edit button.

To which, he said, “the reason Twitter does not have an ‘edit’ button is because people may change their opinions by editing the original tweet and then people who don’t agree with the original view, may have already retweeted the tweet, which is not an accurate representation of what they believe.” (IANS)