President Trump met with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey at the White House Tuesday to discuss the social media giant, which he has often accused of political bias.
Citing an internal Twitter email, Motherboard reported that Dorsey was set to have a 30-minute closed-door meeting with the president. The meeting, which was at the invitation of the White House, would discuss “the health of the public conversation on Twitter,” the email 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.
“Great meeting this afternoon at the @WhiteHouse with @Jack from @Twitter. Lots of subjects discussed regarding their platform, and the world of social media in general. Look forward to keeping an open dialogue!” Trump tweeted, with a photo of the meeting.“Jack had a constructive meeting with the President of the United States today at the president’s invitation,” a Twitter spokeswoman told Fox News, via email. “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 percent 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, “We are reducing the burden on victims and, where possible, taking action before abuse is reported.”