Jack Dorsey Exits Bluesky Board, Hails X as 'Freedom Technology'

Tech visionary Jack Dorsey redefines his digital focus

by Zain ul Abedin
Jack Dorsey Exits Bluesky Board, Hails X as 'Freedom Technology'
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Jack Dorsey, the influential co-founder of Twitter, has officially left the board of Bluesky, a social networking initiative he championed as an alternative platform promoting decentralization. This move comes amid his escalating interest in what he terms "freedom technology," a concept he elaborated upon through a series of posts on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter and now owned by Elon Musk.

Dorsey’s departure from Bluesky marks a significant shift in his career trajectory, emphasizing his support for open internet protocols and his recent philanthropic efforts in this area. In a revealing exchange on X, Dorsey outlined his vision for the future of technology, emphasizing the importance of foundational, open-source work over corporate control.

He praised X as a pivotal player in this movement, suggesting that even corporations could contribute positively by building on open protocols.

Dorsey's Strategic Shift

This philosophical pivot is underscored by Dorsey's narrowed focus on X, where he now follows only three individuals: Elon Musk, whistleblower Edward Snowden, and Stella Assange, the spouse of the controversial WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

This curated list hints at a newfound alliance or at least a mutual respect with Musk, contrasting sharply with Dorsey's previous criticism of Musk's takeover of Twitter. Last year, Dorsey expressed discontent with the direction Twitter had taken under Musk's leadership, lamenting that "it all went south" post-acquisition.

Bluesky itself was conceived as a direct response to the centralization and commercialization of social media platforms like Twitter. Launched to the public in February, it was initially seen as a haven for those disenchanted with the corporate overhauls at Twitter following Musk's controversial changes.

However, despite its noble inception and early buzz, Bluesky has struggled to maintain its momentum in the face of new competitors such as Meta Platforms Inc.’s Threads, which has emerged as a formidable contender in the social media landscape.

Responding to a query on X about his ongoing involvement with Bluesky, Dorsey simply stated "no," confirming his departure from the board. This succinct response not only marks the end of an era for Dorsey at Bluesky but also signals his broader commitment to reshaping the internet landscape through what he describes as more liberating technological frameworks.

This shift reflects a growing discourse in tech circles about the need for a more equitable and open digital future, free from the grip of towering tech conglomerates.