Twitter will likely become even more restrictive and politically biased following the departure of its founder and CEO Jack Dorsey last month, according to the co-founder and former CEO of Parler, John Matze.
Speaking to NTD’s “The Nation Speaks,” Matze said he expects to see the social media platform implement further policies that are in line with its own “vision of where they think society is heading,” and not necessarily reflective of its users.
Matze said he also expects the company to continue with its poor business performance, owing to years of stagnation and a “lack of innovation” in an ever-changing and advancing technology environment.
Dorsey announced on Nov. 29 that he was stepping down as CEO of Twitter, which he helped found in 2006, and Twitter named its Chief Technology Officer, Parag Agrawal, as CEO.
Agrawal, who has been with the company for more than a decade, has been chief technology officer since 2017.
Just one day after Dorsey’s departure, the social networking service announced sweeping policy changes pertaining to the sharing of photos or videos of individuals. As of Nov. 30, the company will no longer allow the sharing of private media, including images or videos of private individuals without their consent.
“While our existing policies and Twitter Rules cover explicit instances of abusive behavior, this update will allow us to take action on media that is shared without any explicit abusive content, provided it’s posted without the consent of the person depicted,” the company explained in a statement.
“If anything, it’ll probably get a little bit more restrictive,” Matze told NTD. “But from their perspective, they want to shape a community, which is in line with, I guess, their vision of where they think society is heading. And their new policies and statements that they make are completely in line with that, which means you can expect things like taking sides in certain political and or societal discussions, which is kind of what they’ve already had a history of doing.”