Twitter employees describe CEO Jack Dorsey as Forrest Gump-like and indecisive

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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey may not look it or like it, but he is a man with a great deal of power in his hands and responsibility on his shoulders.

Although – perhaps not quite to the over-the-top degree, as suggested by a recent huge profile of Dorsey published by Yahoo Finance under this headline: “Jack Dorsey: The enigmatic CEO who could save – or break – Western democracy.”

Twitter is certainly a social media giant attracting more direct politics and politicking that many other tech behemoths – but it's still one significantly smaller than the likes of Facebook and Google when it comes to reach, and therefore influence. And the ability, therefore – to make or break anything on the internet.

Yet, at this time, there's interest in a fine-grained profiling of Dorsey – and it might be a coincidence.

This comes as the Twitter – and Square – CEO has been in the news recently as promising his investors a further skewing of Twitter towards the echo-chamber of “conversations” of like-minded people – instead of providing its users with timely information from different sources – on top of more policing of speech.

This last point is quite forcefully urged and demanded by many governments and politicians, and certainly by traditional mainstream media.

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But almost at the same time, it was revealed that Dorsey had chosen to, in the wake of a Democratic debate, make the largest allowed donation to – Tulsi Gabbard.

And even though he didn't stray from the Silicon Valley's “true path” of supporting Democrats – Gabbard is rational and basically the Democrat you support when you don't dare support a non-Democrat – it's perhaps a political cry for help from someone on the left.

She is an outspoken US army veteran who campaigns against corruption within her own party and interventionist wars abroad – and against online censorship.

For that last reason alone, many were left scratching their heads when Dorsey chose to vote for Gabbard with his wallet – while promising Twitter would incorporate more of the things Gabbard stands against.

Well – if the Yahoo Finance profile is anything to go by – Dorsey is a chief executive officer who struggles to make decisions – and possibly, to make up his mind – which might be one way to explain his apparent inability to choose between endorsing either censorship or free speech.

“Jack's at a slower pace where he's noticing things that the rest of us don't notice. That's extremely valuable to society. It's like a Forrest Gump thing,” one unnamed source offered their squarely back-handed compliment.

Others still describe him as “introverted, conflict averse, speaking in riddles,” and, “not as aggressive as Facebook's Zuckerberg or Google's Page.”

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Didi Rankovic

Didi Rankovich is an experienced online journalist, editor, and translator, with a career spanning over ten years writing for major a English-language website in Serbia, and previously working as translator for international organizations and peacekeepers in the Balkans. Rankovich is passionate about free and open source tech and is a head contributor for Reclaim The Net, focusing on lead stories. [email protected]