- The Washington Times - Friday, September 14, 2018

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on Friday lamented that conservative employees at the social media giant “don’t feel safe” to freely express their political opinions at work.

“I mean, 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,” Mr. Dorseytold New York University professor Jay Rosen during Friday’s episode of “Recode Media with Peter Kafka.”

“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,” the Twitter chief said. “We should make sure that everyone feels safe to express themselves within the company, no matter where they come from and what their background is.

“I mean, my dad was a Republican,” he added. “When I was growing up, was on the radio all the time with Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity, so my mom was on the opposite end of the spectrum … and I always felt safe to challenge both of them, especially my dad, and so it was definitely a privilege, but if we’re creating a culture that doesn’t enable people or empower people to speak up or not, we’re gonna be able to do that for our service.”

Last week, Mr. Dorsey defended Twitter on Capitol Hill against allegations of anti-conservative bias, telling Congress that his company builds policies and rules “with a principle of impartiality” and objectivity.

The CEO confirmed, however, that a since-fixed “bug” in Twitter’s internal algorithms was “unfairly filtering 600,000 accounts, including some members of Congress, in search autocomplete and results.


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