When rap mogul Kanye West made headlines last week for praising conservative pundit Candace Owens, Twitter highlighted the moment in a story where they labeled Owens “far-right.”
Now Twitter CEO Jake Dorsey has responded, reports TheBlaze.
Twitter highlights newsworthy moments from its platform with “moments.” So when West’s tweet praising Owens went mega-viral last weekend, Twitter published a “moment” to explain what had happened and why there was new controversy surrounding West.
However, the platform used the phrase “far-right” to describe Owens, who is actually just a normal black conservative woman who supports President Donald Trump. There is nothing extreme about her.
The left often uses the phrase “far-right” to put all conservatives under a blanket, when, in actuality, just a small percentage of conservatives and Republicans are genuinely “far-right.”
Far right? Allow me to clarify: I believe the black community can do it without hand-outs. I believe the Democrats have strapped us to our past to prevent us from our futures. And I won’t stop fighting until all black Americans see that.— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) April 21, 2018
I’m not far right—I’m free. pic.twitter.com/wtqCuYPtM2
In a statement, Dorsey offered Owens a full-fledged apology and said he has investigated why she was labeled something she is not.
Hi Candace. I want to apologize for our labeling you “far right.” Team completed a full review of how this was published and why we corrected far too late (12 hrs after). There was a clear break in our curation process and understanding, and we’re fixing. Thanks for calling out.— jack (@jack) April 27, 2018
She fully accepted it:
Thank you, Jack! I fully accept your apology. It’s important that despite political differences, we remember the human beings whose lives we impact. Perhaps the other platforms that ran away with this vicious smear, will follow your lead and right this wrong.— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) April 27, 2018
Thank you again. https://t.co/FvfTxapp6R