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Twitter Co-Founder Jack Dorsey Takes "Responsibility" for San Francisco Poverty

In interview, tech magnate says he picks up trash every Friday at 11 a.m.



    Joe Rosato Jr.
    Twitter and Square founder Jack Dorsey takes San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee on a tour of Square's new offices in Central Market. Dorsey thinks that his company and all tech firms bear a "social responsibility" to help fix poverty.

    The homeless people on Market Street reviled by the tech community?

    They're the tech community's "responsibility," according to Jack Dorsey.

    The Twitter co-founder and Square CEO says all tech firms have a "social responsibility" to address growing disparities in income and wealth, according to an interview in FORTUNE.

    There's a growing "conversation" about how tech riches have exacerbated issues of rich and poor, high and low in San Francisco -- and though Dorsey goes and collects trash once a week near his firm's Mid-Market offices, "there's a lot more we can do," he told the news organization.

    But people are talking -- and that in itself is good, Dorsey mused.

    "I think the most important thing happening right now is there is a conversation about it," he said. "It's become a national conversation."

    Dorsey said "all companies" share a role in fixing the problem -- but also called on government to get involved. First off, San Francisco needs more housing to address a longstanding shortage that is vastly outstripped by demand. And second, there needs to be jobs.

    Jobs and housing -- Dorsey could be a politician!

    "It's going to be on every company to figure out (what to do)," he told FORTUNE. "And I definitely think it is a big role of government. As long as the conversation is happening, things are going to improve."