Twitter’s Dorsey apologizes to McCain family for ‘unacceptable’ tweet

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on Wednesday said he would apologize to the McCain family for taking too long to remove a doctored image that appeared to threaten Meghan McCain.

“That was unacceptable,” Dorsey said while appearing in front of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. “And we don’t want to use our scale as an excuse here.” 

He said he would apologize "personally" to the McCain family.

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On Thursday, while memorial services were held for the late Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainOvernight Defense: Trump unveils new missile defense plan | Dems express alarm | Shutdown hits Day 27 | Trump cancels Pelosi foreign trip | Senators offer bill to prevent NATO withdrawal Bipartisan senators reintroduce bill to prevent Trump from withdrawing from NATO Mark Kelly considering Senate bid as Arizona Dems circle McSally MORE (R-Ariz.) in Arizona, a Twitter user posted a doctored image appearing to threaten to shoot Meghan McCain.

Her husband, Ben Domenech, later tweeted at Dorsey that night, criticizing him because the image remained posted. The image was deleted the next day.

Dorsey was pressed Wednesday on the issue by Rep. Michael BurgessMichael Clifton BurgessOvernight Health Care: House set to vote on bill targeting drug companies for overcharging Medicaid | Dems press Trump officials on pre-existing conditions | Tobacco giant invests .8B in Canadian marijuana grower GOP struggles to find right Republican for Rules Cards Against Humanity offering midterm expansion pack in effort to back Dems in key races MORE (R-Texas), who said “it shouldn’t take hours for something that’s that egregious to be addressed.” 

Dorsey said Twitter is currently building technology that will allow it to identify posts that should be taken down.

“We did take way too many hours to act, and we are using that as a lesson to help improve our systems,” Dorsey said.

After the image was taken down, Domenech deleted his tweet at Dorsey but wrote in another tweet that he still wants Twitter to explain why it didn’t take down the post sooner. 

Dorsey testified before the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Wednesday afternoon on the social media platform's policies related to alleged bias. In the morning, he and Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee on election interference.