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Jack Dorsey Takes His Time Making Decisions, to the Chagrin of Some Shareholders

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A new profile has shed light on Twiter Chief Executive Officer Jack Dorsey’s unwillingness, or perhaps inability, to make decisions. Jack Can’t Decide In a profile in Yahoo! Finance, friends and co-workers of Dorsey, also the co-founder and CEO of Square, discussed his tendency to avoid making decisions, his extreme aversion to conflict and his tendency to speak in riddles. Most tellingly, a former Square employee said Dorsey “thought the perfect meeting was one in which he doesn’t have to say a thing.” Do-Nothings While Dorsey seems like he would be difficult to have dinner with, his alleged aversion to making decisions has not always sat well with politicians, activists and Twitter’s users. Twitter has been heavily criticized in recent years for amplifying political rancor and not doing enough to stop the spread of political misinformation and harassment. In particular, Twitter has been scrutinized for being slow to stop the spread of hate speech on its platform, which extremist experts see as crucial to the ongoing rise of white nationalism and violent attacks. Rashad Robinson, president of the civil rights advocacy group Color of Change, criticized an effort by Twitter to remove tweets dehumanizing religious groups as a half-measure. "Twitter’s failure to ban all forms of dehumanization immediately casts doubt on the company’s commitment to fully stopping hate on the platform. It’s no secret that Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and other Silicon Valley leaders have been reluctant to stamp out discrimination and misinformation for fear of a conservative backlash." Please Share While Dorsey may not want to do anything, Twitter’s shareholders are increasingly calling on him to take more decisive measures to curb hate speech. 44% of shareholders voted down a 2019 proposal from Arjuna Capital and the New York State Common Retirement Fund to produce a report on content policies, though a near-30% voted in favor of one. --Michael Tedder Photo: Anushree Fadnavis / REUTERS