Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey: 'Conversational health' the company's No. 1 priority
Twitter Inc. (TWTR.N) Chief Executive Officer Jack Dorsey met with Donald Trump at the White House Tuesday, the same day the president tweeted that Congress should “get involved” in a battle against “discriminatory” practices by the social media company.
Trump tweeted that he had a “great meeting” with Dorsey and that he wants to keep an “open dialogue” with the tech executive. A Twitter spokesperson said the meeting was “constructive.”
In a series of tweets earlier in the day, Trump said it was "so true" that he was the best thing to happen to the company, but that Twitter doesn’t "treat me well as a Republican."
The president complained that his follower count would be "much higher" if Twitter "wasn’t playing their political games."
"No wonder Congress wants to get involved - and they should," he said.
As of Tuesday morning, Trump had 59.9 million Twitter followers, making him the 13th most-tracked user on the social media network behind individuals including former President Barack Obama and singers Katy Perry and Taylor Swift. But the president has repeatedly voiced his displeasure with an effort by Twitter last year to remove tens of millions of suspicious accounts, with the company saying it was trying to help combat manipulative and abusive content by deleting fake profiles.
The president lost hundreds of thousands of followers in the purge, but so did many of the company’s most-visible users, including Dorsey, who said he lost about 200,000 followers as part of the initiative.
“Jack had a constructive meeting with the president of the United States today at the president’s invitation,” Twitter’s spokesperson said. “They discussed Twitter’s commitment to protecting the health of the public conversation ahead of the 2020 U.S. elections and efforts underway to respond to the opioid crisis.”
Dorsey told lawmakers in September that the company wasn’t biased and that there were technical explanations for each example that Republicans had raised to press their case of political bias. And Twitter said Tuesday that about 38 per cent of abusive content is now being found through technology and flagged for human review, up from none last year.
“We are taking a more proactive approach to reducing abuse and its effects on Twitter,” Dorsey said Tuesday in a statement. “We are reducing the burden on victims and, where possible, taking action before abuse is reported."
The meeting between Trump and Dorsey was reported earlier by Motherboard.
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