Trump met with Twitter CEO amid bias complaints

Source: Politico | April 23, 2019 | Cristiano Lima

President Donald Trump met with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey at the White House today, hours after he took to Twitter to accuse the company of discriminating against him.

Ahead of the meeting, Trump, a prolific Twitter user, repeated allegations that his favorite social media platform stifles conservative speech, accusing it of playing “political games.”

“They don’t treat me well as a Republican. Very discriminatory, hard for people to sign on. Constantly taking people off list,” Trump said in a pair of tweets, adding: “No wonder Congress wants to get involved – and they should. Must be more, and fairer, companies to get out the WORD!”

Those comments echo complaints by a number of Republicans, who’ve alleged that Twitter and other top tech firms routinely stifle conservative content. The companies deny any political bias.

Trump later tweeted that he had a “Great meeting” with Dorsey, writing, “Lots of subjects discussed regarding their platform, and the world of social media in general. Look forward to keeping an open dialogue!”

The post was accompanied by a picture of the face-to-face, which took place in the Oval Office. White House Director of Social Media Dan Scavino, who helps run Trump’s Twitter feed, also appears in the image.

According to a Twitter spokesperson, Trump and Dorsey met at the president’s invitation and discussed the company’s efforts to protect “the health of the public conversation ahead of the 2020 U.S. elections and efforts underway to respond to the opioid crisis.” Twitter legal and policy chief Vijaya Gadde was also in attendance, the spokesperson said.


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