Founder admits conservatives ‘don’t feel safe to express their opinions’ at work
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has admitted in an interview that conservative employees at his company are too afraid to express their opinions.
The social media giant’s founder confessed that conservative voices within his company’s workforce are “silenced” as they “don’t feel safe to express their opinions.”
Speaking to Recode, in an interview published Friday, Dorsey said:
“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.
“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,” he added.
Dorsey didn’t elaborate on to what extent, or how many of Twitter’s conservative employees felt unable to voice their opinions, however.
“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,” he said.
Last month, Dorsey confessed that Twitter has a left-leaning bias when tackled about his company’s suppression of conservatives on the platform.
According to The Hill, Dorsey’s comments come as tech companies face accusations of being biased against conservative viewpoints.
Late last month, senior Facebook engineer Brian Amerige wrote that the company is “intolerant of different views” and that “employees are afraid to disagree with the political climate.”
Twitter “SHADOW BANNING” prominent Republicans. Not good. We will look into this discriminatory and illegal practice at once! Many complaints.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2018
Conservatives lawmakers have also accused social media companies like Twitter and Facebook of silencing conservative speech on their platforms.
Earlier this month, House Republicans grilled Dorsey during a hearing on alleged bias against conservatives in social media, ending an hours-long day of testimony.
“I want to start by making something clear: we don’t consider political viewpoints, perspectives, or party affiliation in any of our policies or enforcement decisions. Period. Impartiality is our guiding principle,” Dorsey said, reading his statement from his phone.
Dorsey promised that Twitter would work to test for inadvertently biased algorithms before implementing them.