Why People Are Calling Out Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey for Apologizing to Conservative YouTuber Candace Owens
Jack Dorsey apologized for Twitter labelling Owens "far right."
Since Kanye West tweeted about his love for the way conservative YouTuber Candace Owens thinks, her name and problematic, right-leaning views have been magnified. Recently, Twitter compiled a handful of tweets about the exchange between her and the rapper for one of their "moments," referring to her as a "far-right media personality." Despite being dubbed the next Tomi Lahren and working as the communications director for Turning Point USA, an organization that describes itself as the "community organizers of the right," Owens insisted the label doesn't apply to her.
"I believe the black community can do it without hand-outs," she explained. "I’m not far right—I’m free."
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey took to the platform to apologize to Owens and the way the moment was curated. "I want to apologize for our labeling you 'far right,'" he tweeted. "There was a clear break in our curation process and understanding, and we’re fixing."
Naturally, people had feelings about it and didn't hold back in saying so. Users have long criticized Twitter for failing to provide an adequate solution to harassment on the platform, as well as their refusal to suspend alt-right users and accounts who tweet hate speech. Dorsey's apology to Owens appeared to add insult to injury. Writer Parker Molloy tweeted that Twitter's response to issues like death threats so far has been inaction, while Dorsey jumped at the chance to offer Candace an apology. "FAR-RIGHT PERSON: Um, how dare you say I'm far-right?" she tweeted to illustrate the difference, sarcastically adding what the "reply" was. "@JACK: Oh my goodness, I'll fix this at once. I am so so so sorry for accurately labeling your political views. How can I make this better?"
Other users had plenty of thoughts as well. Check out some of the responses below.