Former Twitter CEO and co-founder Jack Dorsey to leave the company board

Twitter co-founder and longtime CEO Jack Dorsey is reportedly leaving Twitter’s board of directors today after 16 years of working with the company in some capacity. 

The company news of the company founder stepping down comes ahead of the expected takeover by Tesla CEO Elon Musk who has put in a bid to buy the company and take it private.

The news is also on the heels of an as yet unverified report that Dorsey might have been in on the potential takeover with Musk as the other board members have allegedly accused him of stabbing them in the back on the deal.

The Daily Mail reported that one of Dorsey’s former colleagues called him out for “clear backstabbing” when he assisted Musk when the deal with Twitter had reportedly come to a standstill.

One of the issues where Musk disagrees with the stance that Twitter has taken is an issue that did not have Dorsey’s support. Following his acquisition, should it move forward, Musk said he intends to allow former President Donald Trump back on the platform.

Just days ago Musk called it “a morally bad and decision and foolish in the extreme” for the platform to ban him as they did in January of 2021 in response to the January 2021 Capitol Hill riots.

While speaking at a London conference on the future of cars, Musk said: “I do think it was not correct to ban Donald Trump.” This was a statement that Dorsey did not agree with, saying that while he doesn’t like bans, they’re sometimes necessary.

“There are exceptions (CSE, illegal behavior, spam or network manipulation, etc), but generally permanent bans are a failure of ours and don’t work, which I wrote about here after the event (and called for a resilient social media protocol),” the former Twitter chief said, linking to his January 13, 2021, tweet in which he defended the decision.

“I do not celebrate or feel pride in our having to ban @realdonaldtrump from Twitter, or how we got here,” Dorsey said at the time. “After a clear warning we’d take this action, we made a decision with the best information we had based on threats to physical safety both on and off Twitter.

“I believe this was the right decision for Twitter. We faced an extraordinary and untenable circumstance, forcing us to focus all of our actions on public safety. Offline harm as a result of online speech is demonstrably real, and what drives our policy and enforcement above all.”