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Twitter CEO gets why conservatives are suspicious of Big Tech

Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter, on the New York Stock Exchange back in 2015.

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Twitter chief Jack Dorsey says that he understands why many conservatives are suspicious of Big Tech, given the liberal-leaning culture of Silicon Valley. The CEO, however, says that his company is committed to building a culture that includes all points of view.

“I understand the concern. It is something that we are aware of,” he said in an interview that aired Wednesday on Fox News Radio ‘ s “Benson & Harf” with Guy Benson and Marie Harf.

Dorsey, of St. Louis, noted that his own father is a “pretty conservative Republican. Within Twitter, the CEO said, he wants an environment where people feel that they can express themselves, regardless of their political colour.

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“We have people at different points in the political spectrum, and they don’t feel comfortable today bring to certain topics or their opinion about certain issues. And I do not believe that it is acceptable,” he said. “It is not acceptable for us to create a culture like that, especially when we are creating a service where we try to hear from every perspective to try to bring people together in the spectrum to look at the different ideologies and encourage them to talk, because we think that debate, critical thinking, the critical questions is viable and important.”

He added, “I’m not say that we know exactly how to do that today, but we are determined and committed to find out.”

Allegations of anti-conservative prejudices continue to swirl around Twitter. This week, for example, a Twitter campaign to encourage healthy conversations on its platform, with the support of scientists confronted with an accusation of anti-Trump bias.

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Last week the social media giant also took the heat for the so-called “shadow banning” of certain prominent Republicans, the limit of their visibility in the search results. Twitter came under fire after the Republican y Chair Ronna McDaniel; and several conservative Republican congressmen, including Rep. Devin Nunes; and Andrew Surabian, the spokesman of Donald Trump, Jr., failed to appear in Twitter’s auto-populated drop-down search results. The default was first reported by Vice News.

Twitter worked to resolve the issue, dubbing is the result of an algorithmic”. “The net-this is what we need to do a much better job to explain how our algorithms work. Ideal to open, so that people can see how they work,” Dorsey said in his interview. “We just need to make sure that we express ourselves to explain exactly how these things work. How we make decisions. Where we need to make decisions if people are versus where the algorithms make decisions on the basis of behaviour and signals.”

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