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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey: Conservative employees 'don’t feel safe to express their opinions'

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey: Conservative employees 'don’t feel safe to express their opinions'
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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey says in a new interview that his company's conservative employees are afraid to express their opinions.

"We have a lot of conservative-leaning folks in the company as well, and to be honest, they don't feel safe to express their opinions at the company," Dorsey told Recode in an interview published Friday.

"They do feel silenced by just the general swirl of what they perceive to be the broader percentage of leanings within the company, and I don’t think that’s fair or right," he added, though he did not specify to what extent or how many of Twitter's conservative employees felt unable to voice their opinions.

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"We should make sure that everyone feels safe to express themselves within the company, no matter where they come from and what their background is," he said.

Dorsey admitted last month that Twitter has a left-leaning bias.

Dorsey's comments come as tech companies face accusations of being biased against conservative viewpoints.

Late last month, senior Facebook engineer Brian Amerige wrote that the company is "intolerant of different views" and that "employees are afraid to disagree with the political climate."

Conservatives lawmakers have also accused social media companies like Twitter and Facebook of silencing conservative speech on their platforms. Earlier this month, House Republicans grilled Dorsey during a hearing on alleged bias against conservatives in social media, ending an hours-long day of testimony.

“I want to start by making something clear: we don’t consider political viewpoints, perspectives, or party affiliation in any of our policies or enforcement decisions. Period. Impartiality is our guiding principle,” Dorsey said, reading his statement from his phone.

Dorsey promised that Twitter would work to test for inadvertently biased algorithms before implementing them.