December 3, 2021

New Twitter CEO: Think Less About Free Speech

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By: Konrad Holden 

In Brief: 

On Monday, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey announced that he would be stepping down and Twitter’s CTO Parag Agrawal would be taking over. Agrawal has been with the company for 10 years and has been Chief Technology Officer since 2017. Almost immediately after the announcement, multiple past tweets from Agrawal surfaced showing his leftist bent.

The Background: 

Jack Dorsey, the founder of Twitter, is handing the reins to Twitter’s Chief Technology Officer, Parag Agrawal. 

Parag Agrawal joined Twitter in 2011 and became CTO in 2017. He has worked closely with Dorsey and “has been behind every critical decision that helped turn this company around,” Dorsey said.

While Dorsey’s resignation could have signaled a change from the company’s woke and leftwing direction, it became blatantly obvious that their new CEO will continue down the same path.

The company Twitter has already been in hot water for suppressing a story about Joe Biden’s son that could have swayed the 2020 election in Trump’s favor. 

But some of Agrawal’s old tweets surfaced shortly after the announcement that he would be CEO.

In October of 2010, Agrawal tweeted, “If they are not gonna make a distinction between Muslims and extremists, then why should I distinguish between white people and racists.”

And last year during an interview, Agrawal made it obvious where his convictions lie: “Our role is not to be bound by the First Amendment, but our role is to serve a healthy public conversation and our moves are reflective of things that we believe lead to a healthier public conversation.”

Notable Quotes: 

“The kinds of things that we do about this is, focus less on thinking about free speech, but thinking about how the times have changed.” - Parag Agrawal, CTO of Twitter

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