‘Why Would I Trust You?’ Twitter Eviscerates Jack Dorsey’s Track Record After He Promotes Newsletter Service
Jack Dorsey, co-founder and chief executive officer of Twitter Inc. and Square Inc., listens during the Bitcoin 2021 conference in Miami, Florida, U.S., on Friday, June 4, 2021.
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Former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey was ripped Sunday after promoting an open-source newsletter platform that offers “freedom” to independent writers.

Dorsey tweeted Saturday of the open-source newsletter website Ghost as an alternative to Substack, a popular newsletter service used by a number of prominent journalists including former New York Times writers Andrew Sullivan and Bari Weiss, and Pulitzer Prize winner Glenn Greenwald.

For those of you on substack: why not use @ghost instead?” Dorsey tweeted. “Is the payment you get from substack inc. greater than the freedom ghost would provide?”

Dorsey’s comments came a few days after Substack Vice President of Communications Lulu Cheng Meservey published an extensive Twitter thread affirming Substack’s commitment to free expression on their platform. “An important principle for us is defending free expression, even for stuff we personally dislike or disagree with,” Meservey tweeted.

Twitter users were quick to point this out, and eviscerated Twitter’s track record on censorship while he was CEO of Twitter.

“Substack just published the boldest defense of free speech we’ve seen from a tech company in recent memory. Not really that interested in the opinions of those who didn’t stand for it when they had the chance,” tech investor Katherine Boyle tweeted.

“Substack has an unparalleled record when it comes to standing up for free speech,” Independent journalist Jordan Schachtel, who advertises his newsletter in his Twitter handle, replied to Dorsey. “I specifically chose not to use Twitter’s newsletter service because I feared censorship,” he added.

“You suspended me for tweeting a picture of Hunter Biden. Why would I trust you on matters of free speech?” political satirist and former PJ media columnist Jim Treacher, who also advertises his Substack link in his Twitter handle, tweeted.

One user also posted a screenshot of Ghost’s terms of service, which shows that the service has many of the same rigorous restrictions on alleged hate speech that Twitter does.

A number of other responses are as follows:

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