Social media is under fire for bias against conservatives. Liberals and the media think it doesn’t exist, because they think anything a conservative says or thinks is inherently wrong or evil and therefore opposing it isn’t bias, just decency. But the CEO of Twitter, Jack Dorsey, is at least sort of admitting that’s not a great way to run a company. And he’s saying what liberals have long refused to accept about the press, academia, entertainment, and popular culture, and now refuse to accept or admit about social media and search companies: THEY’RE BIASED.
“I think it’s more and more important to at least clarify what our own bias leans towards, and just express it,” said Dorsey in an interview with member of the media and academia Jay Rosen, which was conducted by iPhone, posted on a website, and distributed via social media. (There are always ironies to spare in modern life.) “I’d rather know what someone biases to rather than try to interpret through their actions.”
Dorsey has been arguing lately, to varying degrees and with an abundance of caution (though still to ample criticism from the left) that it’s possible to admit to and be transparent about one’s biases but still do a job fairly or with an even hand. But he admitted to Rosen that the bias has effects that go beyond, say, who is or is not banned on Twitter. It affects employees, too.
“I mean, we have a lot of conservative-leaning folks in the company as well,” he said. “And to be honest, they don’t feel safe to express their opinions at the company.”
Well isn’t that interesting. Breitbart recently posted a video they obtained which shows Google’s leadership at a company event in 2016 bashing conservatives. Comparing Trump voters to fascists, the co-founder Sergey Brin and other company leaders lamented, decried, and vowed response to the 2016 election. Imagine how conservatives working there feel.
Dorsey, at least, considers this sense of exclusion or recrimination to be out of place in a work environment.
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. 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. I mean, my dad was a Republican.
Recode converted the iPhone interview into a podcast. You can listen here.