Jack Dorsey defends keeping Alex Jones on Twitter; Elon Musk announces he’s considering taking Tesla private

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“Is this just a ploy for keeping those potentially millions of eyeballs on his platform or was he genuine in his defense?” – Ethan Bearman, KGO810 Host

Two of Silicon Valley’s top poster boys are under intense scrutiny following announcements via social media this week. Our in-house tech expert, Jason Middleton, joined host Ethan Bearman for a concise recap of the drama.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s firm defense of keeping Alex Jones on his platform, in spite of a slew of industry giants, including Facebook, Apple and Youtube, removing the majority of the conspiracy theorist’s content earlier this week, drew frustration from the public and speculation of ulterior motives. Bearman himself surmised it could be a ploy to keep “more eyes” on Twitter.

Here’s the first statement in a string of posts Dorsey authored that sparked criticism:

Middleton believes the bulk of the backlash stems from Twitter’s inconsistent messaging, something Dorsey acknowledged in his series of tweets:

Middleton own stance on the issue: Time will tell. His own personal dive into Alex Jones’s Twitter account (@RealAlexJones), which he admitted only extended a few pages back, did not reveal the same kind of hate speech that had been blatantly broadcasted on Facebook, Apple and YouTube, leaving him “torn” on whether Dorsey was in the wrong.

“I think that we need to hold judgement until Jack talks a little bit more, and then we look at it and see if he has defined finally, ‘these are the boundaries,’” Middleton told Bearman.

Middleton is also up-in-the-air on the controversy surrounding Elon Musk divulging on Twitter Tuesday he was “considering taking Tesla private” and had funding secured. The declaration, if proved untruthful, could get Musk in trouble with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for intentionally creating rumors to raise the price of Tesla stock. Following the announcement, Tesla stock initially spiked 7 percent, but has since leveled out amid doubts.

Listen to Middleton and Bearman’s conversation below for additional details!


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