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Jack Dorsey’s protesting in Ferguson offers a clue of why he founded Twitter in the first place

Twitter and Square Founder Jack Dorsey speaks at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2012 in San Francisco
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By Mark DeCambre
Published Last updated This article is more than 2 years old.

Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey has been among the throngs of people protesting in Ferguson, Missouri, following the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown, who was killed by police nine days ago. Dorsey, a St. Louis, Missouri, native, has been marching and, of course, tweeting his experiences over the past several days.

The billionaire, who boasts a net worth approaching $2 billion, spoke briefly with Yahoo Finance to discuss the effect Twitter has had on social movements like what’s happening in Ferguson. Here’s a  two-minute clip from the interview.

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One can catch a glimmer  of what perhaps inspired Dorsey to start Twitter—a platform that didn’t exist up until eight years ago but has grown into an important venue not only for protesters around the world, like those involved in the Arab Spring, but for others following the developments. “People want to feel like they’re there, and they want that sense of connection, and it doesn’t matter if there’s a geographic boundary at all anymore,” Dorsey said.

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