Published: Wed, April 24, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Trump Reportedly Complained to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey About Losing Followers

Trump Reportedly Complained to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey About Losing Followers

President Donald 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.

The meeting came just hours after the president posted two tweets repeating his longstanding claim that the platform is politically biased.

Twitter on Tuesday posted better-than-expected first-quarter revenue and a surprise rise in the number of monthly active users, a sign that the social media platform may be on a sustainable path after a year of stagnant user growth. "Twitter is here to serve the entire public conversation, and we intend to make it healthier and more civil. Thanks for the discussion about that". "Big complaints from many people", Trump tweeted to his almost 60 million followers.

"We are taking a more proactive approach to reducing abuse and its effects on Twitter", chief executive Jack Dorsey said in a statement. Twitter was more specific, saying in a statement, "They discussed Twitter's commitment to protecting the health of the public conversation ahead of the 2020 USA elections and efforts underway to respond to the opioid crisis". Twitter said its work at reducing harassment on its service has been paying off and about 38% of abusive tweets that are taken down each week are detected by its algorithms before humans would report them.

Any reduction is likely the result of Twitter's recent moves to remove millions of suspicious accounts after it and other social media services were used in misinformation campaigns attempting to influence voters in the 2016 USA presidential race and other elections, Reuters reported in October.

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For the first quarter of 2019, Twitter's revenue rose 18 percent from a year ago to $787 million, topping Wall Street expectations of $776.1 million.

Mr Trump has one of the most followed accounts on Twitter.

The president has accused social media companies like Twitter of silencing conservatives on their platforms, yet still it appears to remain his favorite way to communicate with the public.

Democratic US senator Mazie Hirono said earlier this month: "We can not allow the Republican party to harass tech companies into weakening content moderation policies that already fail to remove hateful, unsafe and misleading content".

In response, a Twitter spokesperson said that the social network enforces its rules "dispassionately and equally for all users, regardless of their background or political affiliation".

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