Thu. Jul 18th, 2019

Donald Trump complained to Twitter CEO about shedding followers

(Reuters) — U.S. President Donald Trump met with Twitter Inc Chief Govt Jack Dorsey on Tuesday and spent a major time questioning him about why he had misplaced some Twitter followers, an individual briefed on the matter mentioned.

The assembly, which was organized by the White Home final week, got here hours after Trump once more attacked the social media firm over his allegations it’s biased in opposition to conservatives.

“Nice assembly this afternoon on the @WhiteHouse with @Jack from @Twitter. Numerous topics mentioned concerning their platform, and the world of social media normally. Look ahead to preserving an open dialogue!” Trump tweeted, posting a photograph of Dorsey and others with him within the Oval Workplace.

Dorsey, who had not beforehand met with Trump, replied in a tweet: “Thanks for the time. Twitter is right here to serve all the public dialog, and we intend to make it more healthy and extra civil. Thanks for the dialogue about that.”

The supply, who was briefed on the assembly that included Twitter’s basic counsel and public coverage chief, mentioned Dorsey defined in response to Trump’s considerations about shedding followers that the corporate was working to take away fraudulent and spam accounts and that many well-known individuals, together with Dorsey himself, had misplaced followers consequently.

Earlier on Tuesday, Trump urged Twitter was biased in opposition to him, with out offering proof. He wrote on Twitter that the corporate doesn’t “deal with me properly as a Republican. Very discriminatory.”

Trump has been upset about shedding followers. Trump misplaced 204,000, or zero.four %, of his 53.four million followers in July, in keeping with social media knowledge agency Keyhole, when Twitter began its purge of suspicious accounts after it and different social media companies have been utilized in misinformation campaigns making an attempt to affect voters within the 2016 U.S. presidential race and different elections.

In October, Trump wrote that “Twitter has eliminated many individuals from my account and, extra importantly, they’ve seemingly performed one thing that makes it a lot more durable to affix – they’ve stifled development to a degree the place it’s apparent to all. A couple of weeks in the past it was a Rocket Ship, now it’s a Blimp! Whole Bias?”

Shares in Twitter jumped 13 % on Tuesday after it reported quarterly income above analyst estimates, which executives mentioned was the results of hunting down spam and abusive posts and concentrating on adverts higher.

Trump has one of many most-followed accounts on Twitter. However the president and Republicans in Congress have repeatedly criticized the corporate and its social media rivals for what they’ve known as bias in opposition to conservatives, one thing Twitter denies.

Democratic U.S. Senator Mazie Hirono mentioned earlier this month: “We can’t enable the Republican social gathering to harass tech firms into weakening content material moderation insurance policies that already fail to take away hateful, harmful and deceptive content material.”

Carlos Monje, Twitter’s public coverage director, mentioned at a Senate listening to earlier this month the location “doesn’t use political viewpoints, views or social gathering affiliation to make any choices, whether or not associated to mechanically rating content material on our service or how we develop or implement our guidelines.”

(Reporting by David Shepardson; Enhancing by Tom Brown and Peter Cooney)

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