Meghan McCain slams Jack Dorsey and Twitter: Doctored gun photo made father's death 'exponentially more painful'


Meghan McCain is still waiting for that apology from Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey about a doctored image of a gun being held to her head that went viral on Twitter during her father’s memorial.

The subject was raised on Thursday’s episode of The View, when the panel discussed Twitter’s decision not to suspend the account of Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan for his tweet comparing Jews to insects. Farrakhan, who has posted anti-Semitic messages before, is not in violation of any extant policy, according to the company. While it appears to violate Twitter’s proposed new policy around “dehumanizing” tweets, that rule has not yet gone into effect.

Meghan McCain weighed in, noting that the accounts of James Woods, Candace Owens, and Milo Yiannopoulos have all been suspended before.

“My problem is, I had an experience after my father died when I was still at his funeral, where a picture went viral of someone who had put a picture of me crying over my father’s casket with, with a Glock pointed at my head, and it went viral,” she recalled. “It was up all day. The only reason it was taken down was because my husband went absolutely ape-crap, got involved, called people he knew who worked in Congress to get involved.”

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Roberta McCain (C), age 106, mother of John McCain, listens with Meghan McCain (L), daughter of John McCain, as US Vice President Mike Pence speaks during the ceremony honoring the late US Senator August 31, 2018 in the Rotunda of the US Capitol in Washington, DC. (Photo by Nicholas Kamm / AFP) (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence (R), speaks as Roberta McCain, mother of late U.S. Senator John McCain and his daughter Meghan McCain (L) look on as his body lies in state inside the U.S. Capitol Rotunda in Washington, U.S., August 31, 2018. REUTERS/Eric Thayer
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U.S. Vice President Mike Pence (R), speaks as Roberta McCain, mother of late U.S. Senator John McCain and his daughter Meghan McCain (L) look on as his body lies in state inside the U.S. Capitol Rotunda in Washington, U.S., August 31, 2018. REUTERS/Eric Thayer
Cindy McCain (R), wife of late US Senator John McCain, Republican of Arizona, her daughter Meghan (L) and US Secretary of Defense James Mattis watch as his flag-draped casket arrives on a military airplane at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, August 30, 2018. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 31: Meghan McCain, daughter of Sen. John McCain, touches the casket during the ceremony honoring the late US Senator inside the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol, August 31, 2018 in Washington, DC. A Democrat who voted for Hillary Clinton, Farone said McCain did what was right. 'He never took the easy way out, he knew actions speak louder than words and he never tweeted about it. He just got it done,' she said. The late senator died August 25 at the age of 81 after a long battle with brain cancer. He will lie in state at the U.S. Capitol Friday, a rare honor bestowed on only 31 people in the past 166 years. Sen. McCain will be buried at his final resting place at the U.S. Naval Academy on Sunday. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
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In September, Dorsey told Congress he agreed it was “unacceptable” and said the digitally altered image should have been taken down earlier. Dorsey said he would personally apologize to McCain, who shared on Thursday that the image only added “more pain” during the “worst time” of her life — after the death of her father, John McCain.

“He has not [apologized], by the way,” McCain noted. “Technology has real ramifications, it made that experience exponentially more painful. Now, I have a husband who knows congresspeople, my father was a sitting senator, so it got taken down at some point. What if you are somebody who lives in Ohio, who has something like this doctored, who doesn’t have this kind of access? They have to do better.”

She added, “When you’re talking about free speech, there are limitations. You can’t have child porn on the internet. We still live in a civilized society, you can’t have death threats against people after their father dies and keep it up.”

Co-host Abby Huntsman, who revealed that she deals with death threats against herself and her children on Twitter, said she recently had coffee with Dorsey.

“I think he’s in over his head,” Huntsman said. “He understands there’s a problem. … They’ve got a lot of challenges ahead. The problem is, where do you draw that line on free speech? I would say if you’re sexist, if you’re racist, if you’re threatening someone’s life — is that not enough?”

Dorsey tackled the hot-button issue of free speech on Twitter at Wired’s 25th anniversary summit this week.

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DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 12: Jack Dorsey, Chairman of Twitter and CEO of Square, speaks with the media after speaking at TECHONOMYDETROIT September 12, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. The event, hosted by the Detroit Economic Club, is a one-day multidisciplinary gathering of national and local leaders about reigniting U.S. competitiveness, creating jobs, and revitalizing our cities in a technologized age. (photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)
Jack Dorsey, co-founder and chairman of Twitter Inc. and founder and chief executive officer of Square Inc., pauses while he speaks to the media at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S., on Monday, Sept. 24, 2012. Square Inc., the mobile payment startup founded by Dorsey, is giving small merchants more flexibility in how they pay for credit-card transactions, increasing competition with PayPalâs rival card reader. Photographer: Scott Eisen/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Jack Dorsey, co-founder and chairman of Twitter Inc. and co-founder and chief executive officer of Square Inc., stands for a photo following an interview at Just Baked Cupcakes in Detroit, Michigan, U.S., on Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013. Twitter Inc., which announced plans last week for an initial public offering, is still deciding whether to list on the New York Stock Exchange or Nasdaq Stock Market, setting off a horse race for the high-profile deal. Photographer: Jeff Kowalsky/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Jack Dorsey, chairman and co-founder of Twitter Inc., speaks during a Bloomberg West Television interview in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Friday, May 17, 2013. Twitter is expanding into smartphones and other wireless products, seeking to boost the number of users and advertisers. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 23: Creator of Twitter Jack Dorsey (R) attends the 2013 Time 100 Gala at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 23, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Jennifer Graylock/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - Twitter Chairman and Square CEO Jack Dorsey moderates a panel discussion with Detroit entrepreneurs at Techonomy Detroit at Wayne State University September 17, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. The topic of the discussion was 'Turbocharging Detroit's Teconomy.' (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)
Jack Dorsey, chairman and co-founder of Twitter Inc., center, speaks as New York City Mayor Michael 'Mike' Bloomberg, right, and San Francisco Mayor Edward 'Ed' Lee listen during a press conference in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Friday, June 14, 2013. Dorsey, Mayor Bloomberg and Mayor Lee announced today that they will co-host the second annual Bloomberg Technology Summit to be held in New York on September 30. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images
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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - MAY 18: Co-Chair & Founder of Twitter, Jack Dorsey attends Sierra Club's 125th Anniversary Trail Blazers Ball at the Palace of Fine Arts on May 18, 2017 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Steve Jennings/WireImage)
Jack Dorsey, co-founder of Twitter Inc. and founder and chief executive officer of Square Inc., right, and Suzanne McKechnie Klahr, founder and chief executive officer of BUILD, stand for a photograph during the 2014 BUILD Gala in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Saturday, March 1, 2014. BUILD is an innovative, college preparatory program, whose mission is to use entrepreneurship to direct low-income high school students to college and careers. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 21: CEO of Twitter and Square Jack Dorsey accepts the award for CEO of the Year onstage during the Thurgood Marshall College Fund 28th Annual Awards Gala at Washington Hilton on November 21, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Teresa Kroeger/Getty Images for Thurgood Marshall College Fund)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - AUGUST 19: Square CEO Jack Dorsey (R) demonstrates the Square payment system for House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) while touring the Square headquarters on August 19, 2013 in San Francisco, California. Senators Max Baucus (D-MT) and Dave Camp (R-MI) continued their Tax Reform Tour with a visit to the headquarters of mobile payment company Square. The tour is taking the two senators across the nation to speak to American people about how to fix the nation's broken tax code to benefit families and job creators. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 21: CEO of Twitter and Square Jack Dorsey accepts the award for CEO of the Year onstage during the Thurgood Marshall College Fund 28th Annual Awards Gala at Washington Hilton on November 21, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Teresa Kroeger/Getty Images for Thurgood Marshall College Fund)
Jack Dorsey, co-founder and chief executive officer of Twitter Inc., listens during an interview in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Thursday, March 2, 2017. Electronic-payment company, Square Inc., run by Dorsey, is offering a range of new services, including loans and software that lets customers manage inventory and analyze sales. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images
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Jack Dorsey, co-founder and chief executive officer of Twitter Inc., speaks during a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018. Republicans pressed Dorsey for what they said may be the 'shadow-banning' of conservatives during the hearing. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 5: Twitter chief executive officer Jack Dorsey testifies during a House Committee on Energy and Commerce hearing about Twitter's transparency and accountability, on Capitol Hill, September 5, 2018 in Washington, DC. Earlier in the day, Dorsey faced questions from the Senate Intelligence Committee about how foreign operatives use their platforms in attempts to influence and manipulate public opinion. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 5: Twitter chief executive officer Jack Dorsey testifies during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing concerning foreign influence operations' use of social media platforms, on Capitol Hill, September 5, 2018 in Washington, DC. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg faced questions about how foreign operatives use their platforms in attempts to influence and manipulate public opinion. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
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“When we started the company, we weren’t thinking about this at all. We were thinking about building something that we wanted to use,” he explained. “Our purpose today, we believe, our superpower, is around conversation. And we believe our purpose is to serve the public conversation. And that does take a stance around freedom of expression and defending freedom of expression as a fundamental human right. Not just one within this country.”

He added, “But it also comes with a realization that freedom of expression may adversely impact other fundamental human rights, such as privacy and physical security. So we believe that we can only serve the public conversation, we can only stand for freedom of expression if people feel safe to express themselves in the first place. We can only do that if they feel that they are not being silenced.”

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