Laura Loomer storms Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, accuses him of election interference
Far-right political activist Laura Loomer ambushed Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey during the first day of the Bitcoin 2021 conference, accusing him of meddling in the 2020 presidential election.
After Dorsey took the stage Friday in Miami for a discussion about Bitcoin as the native currency of the Internet, he was interrupted by someone in the crowd who later identified himself as Loomer.
“How can you say this is a currency for everyone in the world when you’re the king of censorship?” shouted Loomer from the crowd. “Bitcoin is about decentralization, and you have no right to be here today talking about it.”
As conference organizers tried to regain control of the room, Loomer was heard saying to Dorsey that “censorship is a human rights violation” and “you’re interfering in elections.”
As the audience quieted down, Alex Gladstein, chief strategy officer at the Human Rights Foundation, who joined Dorsey on stage, steered the conversation toward censorship and social media.
“Can social media be more like Bitcoin? Bitcoin is censorship resistant. Nobody controls it. What is your thought on that?” Gladstein asked Dorsey.
“Yes, I do think it can,” the Twitter CEO replied. “I know there are a number of you out there who disagree with a lot of the actions that Twitter has taken. I know there are a lot of you out there who disagree with our policies and the way we’ve developed them. I appreciate it. I recognize it.”
Dorsey’s remarks were met with cheers and applause from the audience.
Last year, Twitter began flagging a series of tweets from former President Donald Trump for containing false, controversial or misleading information – both about the 2020 election and the coronavirus pandemic – as well as for “glorifying violence” in tweets about last summer’s racial justice protests.
On Jan. 6, following the deadly riots outside the U.S. Capitol, Twitter suspended Trump’s account for 12 hours in response to his perceived role in “inciting violence.” While his account was later unlocked, the social media giant suspended Trump indefinitely from Twitter two days later. Other social media platforms quickly followed suit.
On Friday, Facebook announced it would block Trump from the social network until at least 2023.
Trump has railed against the social media companies that banned him from their platforms. This is a brief summary.