Former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Reacts to Chinese COVID Policy by Saying “End the CCP”

Former Twitter CEO and founder Jack Dorsey sparked conversation on the embattled platform with a simple and direct post on Saturday directed at the current approach of the Chinese government to COVID-19 policies. Attaching a post by CNN reporter Selina Wang, he simply said, “End the CCP.”

The CNN report indicated that the Chinese government has reinstated strict and constant COVID-19 testing. The government, which is controlled by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), has also mandated the use of a health-data mobile phone application that tells residents where they are allowed to visit at any time.

A green code on the app tells a person they are allowed to enter a public area where the device is located. A red code on the app requires the user to return home and remain in quarantine.

The report stated that COVID-19 testing in China is strict and constant, adding that a public health-oriented phone application dictates where someone can go.

Beijing, the capital and largest Chinese city, has mandated regular COVID-19 testing for the entire population of 20 million.

Shanghai has only recently come out from under a draconian lockdown order. The city’s residents reportedly had great difficulty obtaining food and other essential items.

China has implemented a “Zero COVID” policy that continues. Any slight uptick in case numbers will lead to new widespread lockdowns, placing most residents in fear of infection.

By Monday afternoon, Dorsey’s tweet had over 60,000 likes and 12,300 retweets.

The long-term status of Twitter remains in doubt, as billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk has declared that he does not intend to go through with the agreement he reached earlier this year with the Twitter board of directors to acquire all of the company’s stock at a price of $54.20 per share.

The Twitter board has sued Musk, demanding that he be ordered to complete the sale on the terms and price agreed to earlier. Musk has announced plans to counter-sue, alleging that Twitter misled him about material conditions affecting the company.

The largest complaint appears to be Musk’s claim that the company did not provide him accurate information about the number of fake accounts, or “bots,” that are hosted by the platform, seriously undercutting its value to prospective advertisers.

Twitter’s stock was trading at around $43.00 per share on Monday afternoon, down about 36% over the last year.

Dorsey endorsed Musk’s bid to buy Twitter earlier this year, tweeting in late April that he trusts “his mission to extend the light of consciousness.”