Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said he finds it ‘fascinating’ to see Trump use it so often.
An article by Business Insider highlighted this statement on Tuesday, reporting that President-elect Donald Trump has been using his Twitter account as a direct line of communication with the rest of the world.
“Having the president-elect on our service, using it as a direct line of communication, allows everyone to see what’s on his mind in the moment,” Dorsey said. “I think it’s fascinating; I haven’t seen that before.”
Dorsey appears to believe this is a good thing.
United States President-elect Donald Trump certainly uses Twitter more times in a single day than many of us do in a week. This, as Dorsey suggests, could be a good thing, because it allows us to gain insight into what the president is thinking in a moments notice, instead of hours later through a news report.
And the Donald is definitely not afraid to let people know how he feels at all times.
But some public figures have raised concerns about a United States president using social media to communicate with audiences and to release official statements. Some fear that this method of communication from a U.S. president could lead to citizens and world leaders taking the president’s word less seriously.
That is quite concerning, indeed. Imagine if Trump’s tweets become a laughing matter for other world leaders, and those individuals then begin to look down on Trump or lose respect for him. Worse still, is the possibly that Trump will try showing authority via Twitter, and that some world leaders simply won’t listen. It is also worth noting that not all nations have the same internet access that the United States does, and not all world leaders choose to use social media. So it’s not a fool-proof method of communication with everyone.
But truly imperative is the idea that Trump could try to “get tough” with a foreign tyrant via Twitter, and the dictator of said hypothetical nation (*Ahem* Bashar Al-Assad of Syria *Ahem*) would simply respond like this:
An aggressive Twitter comment could very well be misinterpreted, a sarcastic Twitter remark might offend leaders of key U.S. allies. But what is being cited as the most concerning aspect of this issue is that fact the the president could and potentially, at some point, use Twitter to release a formal declaration of war against another nation.
Think about that for a minute.