Jack Dorsey Exits Bluesky Confirms on ‘Freedom Technology’ X

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Jack Dorsey Exits Bluesky Confirms on 'Freedom Technology' X

Jack Dorsey, co-founder and former CEO of until his retirement in 2021

Bluesky started in 2019 as a small research project within what was then Twitter and became its own platform in 2022. The company's goal is to create a common operating standard for social media platforms so that apps can work between them. It works similarly to Twitter, which it was intended to replace.

Dorsey has been on the board of Bluesky since the platform split from Twitter two years ago

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— Jack (@jack) May 4, 2024

He also posted and pinned on the same day: “Don’t rely on companies to give you rights. Defend them yourself with freedom technology. (You’re on one)” and referred to X as “freedom technology.”

Jack Dorsey. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images

On Sunday, Bluesky released an official statement on their website thanking Dorsey “for his help in funding and initiating” Bluesky. The company said it was looking for a new board member “who shares our commitment to building a social network that puts people in control of their experience.”

We sincerely thank Jack for his help in funding and initiating the Bluesky project. Today, Bluesky thrives as an open source social network running on atproto, the decentralized protocol we developed.

– Bluesky (@bsky.app) May 5, 2024 at 4:11 pm

Dorsey also reportedly unfollowed over 2,000 people this weekend and participated in government surveillance.

Related: Jack Dorsey Blasts Mark Zuckerberg Over Threads Follow Request: “Too Soon”

He now only follows three people on X: Elon Musk, Edward Snowden and Stella Assange.

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Dorsey also founded the fintech conglomerate Block, which is currently under investigation by the Justice Department after a former employee alleged compliance issues.

Dorsey largely dismissed the news report during Block's earnings call last week.

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