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Whitlock: Why you should be happy Jack Dorsey left Twitter

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Twitter’s new CEO, Parag Agrawal, won't make Jack Dorsey’s invention worse. Agrawal will make Twitter more transparent.

On Monday, Dorsey announced he’s stepping down as CEO of the social media app he co-founded just 15 years ago. Attention quickly turned to the man Dorsey identified as his successor, Agrawal, the company’s chief technology officer for the last four years.

Conservative doom-and-gloomers moaned that Agrawal would make the left-leaning, racially divisive app even more hostile to political conservatives and white men. They pointed to a 2010 tweet from Agrawal that suggested Agrawal was quite comfortable labeling all white people as bigots. The then-26-year-old Stanford student tweeted:

“If they are not gonna make a distinction between Muslims and extremists, then why should I distinguish between white people and racists.”

Like all good Twitter employees and Stanford-educated technocrats, Agrawal is certainly woke. And unlike Dorsey, Agrawal is non-white, which combined with his old tweet justifiably spooks conservative white men. Agrawal is Indian. He was born in Ajmer, India, and raised in Mumbai. Dorsey grew up in St. Louis, attended a Catholic high school, and formulated the idea for Twitter while studying at New York University.

Some people foolishly believe Dorsey’s American heritage makes him slightly more reasonable about, approachable regarding, and respectful of a traditional American worldview. I’m not one of those people.

Dorsey is a traitor. He doesn’t believe in American exceptionalism. He’s a global citizen with a globalist agenda. In his mind, there’s nothing sacrosanct about this country, our Constitution, Bill of Rights, or freedoms. Dorsey shares Agrawal’s worldview. The differences between America and India, America and China, America and Africa, America and any place on earth aren’t in our founding documents or Western civilization’s reliance on Judeo-Christian culture; it’s in our willingness to cut corners, oppress, and exploit.

Dorsey is every bit as woke as Agrawal. Don’t let the packaging and Joe Rogan interviews fool you. Dorsey was Twitter’s beard, the hood the app wore to conceal its America-dismantling agenda.

The destruction of American culture is an inside job.

Don’t blame Agrawal for what Twitter has done and will do. He’s following a plan Dorsey and Twitter’s co-founders agreed to the moment they headquartered in San Francisco. Agrawal’s ascension to Twitter’s throne should be greeted with glee and applause. Twitter has removed its hood. As Dorsey stated in a Rogan interview several years ago, Twitter is a tool to amplify voices Dorsey and the company’s leadership team believe deserve amplification.

Twitter’s primary function is to boost the complaints of the BLM-LGBTQ-CRT Alphabet Mafia. Twitter amplifies San Francisco’s worldview. The Bay Area is radical, revolutionary, and secular. Its culture isn’t Judeo-Christian. It’s Marxist. The Bay Area launched the Black Panther Party and the gay movement. Twitter is San Francisco’s megaphone. It drowns out all other points of view.

A year ago, while serving as Twitter’s CTO, Agrawal was asked about protecting free speech and the First Amendment as core values. Free speech is sacrosanct to American culture. It’s what makes America different and special. Here’s how Agrawal responded in full. I’ve bolded his most important comments.

Our role is not to be bound by the First Amendment, but our role is to serve a healthy public conversation and our moves are reflective of things that we believe lead to a healthier public conversation. The kinds of things that we do about this is, focus less on thinking about free speech, but thinking about how the times have changed. One of the changes today that we see is speech is easy on the internet. Most people can speak. Where our role is particularly emphasized is who can be heard. The scarce commodity today is attention. There's a lot of content out there. A lot of tweets out there, not all of it gets attention, some subset of it gets attention. And so increasingly our role is moving towards how we recommend content and that sort of, is, is, a struggle that we're working through in terms of how we make sure these recommendation systems that we're building, how we direct people's attention is leading to a healthy public conversation that is most participatory.

“Twitter isn’t bound by the First Amendment.” Let me translate that statement. Twitter, a company started by four American boys — Jack Dorsey, Evan Williams, Noah Gross, and Biz Stone — doesn’t care about the U.S. Constitution. It’s no more important than the constitution of Cuba.

“Our moves are reflective of things that we believe lead to a healthier public conversation.” Let me translate that statement. We are the smartest people on Earth, we’re much smarter than the American people, and a small group of us can sit in our San Francisco office and determine what a healthy conversation is.

“But thinking about how the times have changed.” Translation: America’s founding documents are outdated. Times have changed. Everything must be rewritten to fit our worldview.

“Where our role is particularly emphasized is who can be heard.” Translation: We’re going to determine who can be heard and who can’t. People who foolishly believe men can have babies need to be heard and we’re going to mainstream that point of view. People who believe the police are randomly executing black men in a genocidal plot need to be heard and we’re going to amplify their voices.

“So increasingly our role is moving towards how we recommend content.” Translation: We have no journalistic training or interest, but we know what the public needs to know and we’re going to jam that content in front of the public. Anytime a no-name rapper is shot or killed, we’ll make sure the world hears about it.

“How we direct people's attention is leading to a healthy public conversation.” Translation: In our view, healthy conversations lead to racial animus and division. The more racial division and violence we spark, the more we realize we’re doing the right thing.

Agrawal’s ascension to lead Twitter is a blessing. It will snap people out of the false hope that Jack Dorsey would one day change or adjust the purpose of the app out of nostalgia for old American values. For at least a decade, Twitter has helped foment a conversation intended to undermine the core values of American culture. Twitter is the newspaper of the new world order.
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