July 29, 2021

Jack Dorsey’s beard dominates online reaction to tech hearing

Senators pressed tech CEOs Jack Dorsey, Mark Zuckerberg and Sundar Pichai on misinformation, censorship, foreign interference in U.S. elections and content moderation during a hearing Wednesday. People watching online, though, had a different question for Dorsey: What’s up with the beard, nose ring and disheveled hair?

Michael Clouse, a podcast host, wondered on Twitter if Dorsey was in fact rocking a quarantine beard or auditioning for “Cast Away 2.”

Dorsey also sported a shiny nose ring that almost makes him look like he’s about to offer someone homemade kombucha at an Oakland house show, according to a Twitter user that goes by Eve. Dorsey told Vanity Fair in 2011 that he took out the nose ring, which appears in early online photos of him, after Twitter got its first round of financing. A GQ writer noticed that it made a reappearance in 2018.

And it wasn’t just Dorsey’s appearance that caught people’s attention — it was also how he casually set his profile name on the virtual call as “jack,” in all lowercase, like his Twitter handle.

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