US President Trump, who has always ruled his country by Twitter, suddenly fell out with his favorite social media. The furious Trump started a “war of words” with Jack Dorsey, one of the co-founders of Twitter and the current CEO. One said that the platform was illegal, and the other insisted on labeling controversial information. One wave has not settled, another wave has risen. Trump’s subsequent campaign video was removed from Twitter. Dorsey continued to ignore the president’s madness, explaining that the reason was that the material involved copyright issues.
Dare to challenge the president many times, Dorsey can be called apostasy. As the CEO of world-renowned social media, Dorsey is recognized as a unique business genius in Silicon Valley. From the cry of “change the earth with 140 words”, to the restrained and sharp personality, to the largest personal donation to fight the new crown pneumonia epidemic, Dorsey’s life is full of legends.
“Let people make their own judgments”
In the face of Trump, Dorsey has always been tough. Earlier, when Trump visited the White House, he asked as a “big coffee” on Twitter: “Why are my Twitter followers falling?” Dorsey answered calmly: “It’s normal to clear out zombie fans.” Yes: You are a regular user of Twitter and have no special treatment.
On May 27, 2020, after Trump released a tweet that “mailing votes to voters will lead to fraud,” he was labeled questioned by Twitter. The attached link stated that Trump’s tweet had no conclusive basis.
As a result, Trump went crazy, bombarding Twitter for two consecutive days to suppress free speech, and threatened to limit the legal protection of social media suspected of prejudice in content censorship, and strictly supervise or shut down social media.
In the face of the furious Trump, Dorsey personally walked to the front desk and said that he supported the practice of tagging the president’s tweets because the content “may mislead people into thinking that they do not need to register to get votes”. Dorsey also stated that it will never reduce the intensity of fact-checking, will continue to point out incorrect or controversial information, and increase the labeling of content. “Our purpose is to display controversial information, increase transparency, and let people make their own judgments.” The
following June 3, the Trump campaign posted a promotional video on Twitter, which addressed victims of African descent. Sorrow, and call for social unity. On the second day of the release, this “positive energy” advertisement was removed by Twitter. Trump criticized Twitter for being “leaning to one side”, calling it “a radical left-wing Democrat fighting hard.” Dorsey once again personally explained on Twitter: “We received a complaint from the copyright owner, so it is not illegal to remove the video.” The
leftist media and Trump have always been “incompatible”, and Dorsey has publicly stated, Twitter’s political stance leans toward the left. During the special period of the campaign, it is not surprising that the fight between the two escalated.
Youth in small town yearning for the city
Dorsey was born in a middle-class family. His father was a medical equipment engineer, and he often ran around to participate in equipment promotion activities, so the Dorsey family lived in many parts of the United States. Whenever he moved to a new place, Dorsey wandered around and spent a long time recognizing his way. “I like to walk in the city and be familiar with new places. This flow and connection fascinates me.” He also likes to take pictures of trains passing by, and he was amazed by the way drivers and dispatchers communicate geographical locations via radio-they where? What are you doing? Where are they going? Dorsey likes this simple and clear way of communication.
Like most American small-town boys in the mid-1980s, Dorsey also had an urban dream, and the city he was dreaming about was New York. The noise of cars, people, and the bustle of the business district made Little Dorsey very yearning.
Dorsey, who likes to be alone, described his obsession with New York on a computer. He planned to design an electronic map of New York life based on the neighborhoods on the paper map. He sat in front of an old-fashioned IBM computer, fantasizing about New York’s bustling streets, running pedestrians and passing vehicles, and took the trouble to look up data from the electronic bulletin board system, trying to link the streets.
In order to draw a map, he often visited the official website of the New York Dispatching Management Service Company. As a result, he found a loophole in the website. After finding the contact information after many twists and turns, he wrote a set of code and sent it directly to the chairman of the company to inform the remedy. A week later, he received the company’s employment notice, and came to Ambilight New York from the large farm in the Midwest.
Since childhood, he has been keen to explore the laws of things and transform them into virtual symbols on the Internet. In 2006, 30-year-old Dorsey designed a social tool that can connect everyone together and update information anytime and anywhere-we all have mobile phones, which means we can constantly update our geographic location, describe what we are doing, and what we want. Where you go, how you feel right now, and then send it to the world. And this is the inspiration for the origin of Twitter. In this way, Dorsey partnered with a few friends and started Twitter. This time, his map is no longer just New York, but the world.
After more than ten years of development, Twitter’s daily active users have reached 200 million, driving the transformation of global social media. However, Dorsey has always kept a low profile. People who approach him will describe him as a quiet and introverted, often thoughtful person. His blue and deep eyes were slightly evasive in confidence.
Before speaking, Dorsey will try his best to ensure that every sentence is concise and accurate. This kind of “perfectionism” makes him less talkative, but as long as he opens his mouth, it must be perfect. His voice was soft and fell silent from time to time. Dorsey believes that this is related to the language barrier when he was a child.
The simplification of Twitter comes from Dorsey’s succinctness-each message does not exceed 140 characters, which requires people to think carefully. Dorsey placed a model of the Golden Gate Bridge in the meeting room of his unit. He explained: “People shuttle on the bridge, admiring its minimalist design and the scenery on both sides. Good software should be the same. People use tweets to share and interact with the world, but they only feel that it is natural and natural to use. Do whatever you want.”
In lifestyle, Dorsey is the same “man of god” as Jobs. The ascetic life habit contains Dorsey’s pursuit of the ultimate character. Perhaps, in the rapidly changing and fiercely competitive Internet industry, every entrepreneurial star must find a way to resist pressure. However, Dorsey’s approach is more unique.
The feeling of donating money is as great as starting a business
Dorsey’s maverick has also caused trouble-he lacks interpersonal skills, disagrees with the Twitter board, and was once excluded. In 2008, Dorsey was fired by his own Twitter. In order to prove his strength, Dorsey founded Square, a mobile payment company, and managed it as a listed company with a valuation of several billion. Seven years later, Twitter’s stock price plummeted, and the board of directors decided to invite Dorsey back, hoping that he would turn the tide. Since then, Dorsey has started the rhythm of working on Twitter in the morning and going to work in Square in the afternoon. Dorsey said that all his work has the same goal: to promote the efficient and more humane operation of society.
Dorsey has a net worth of 4.9 billion US dollars. The raging new crown pneumonia epidemic has shrunk his wealth, but he acted very calmly and announced that he would donate US$1 billion of Square stock for rescue work and use it to support universal basic income and women’s health and education after the epidemic ended. . This donation is by far the largest personal donation in the global fight against the new crown pneumonia epidemic.
Dorsey, who grew up in a Catholic family, has always been a frequent visitor to charity events. “The principle of my life is that everything is connected. Life is short. I want to help others through personal donations.” Dorsey said publicly, “I am grateful for my wealth. Donate all the wealth you have in your lifetime.”
In Dorsey’s view, donating money feels as good as creating Twitter and Square. “When creating things like Twitter and Square, the greatest value is to see others use them. . This is exciting, that kind of power is like an electric shock, and so is donating money.”