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Trump complained to Twitter CEO about lost followers: source

By David Shepardson

 

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FILE PHOTO: The Twitter logo is displayed on a screen on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York City, U.S., September 28, 2016. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump met with Twitter Inc's Chief Executive Jack Dorsey on Tuesday and spent a significant time questioning him about why he has lost some Twitter followers, a person briefed on the matter said.

 

The meeting, which was organized by the White House last week, came hours after Trump again attacked the social media company over his claims it is biased against conservatives.

 

"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, posting a photo of Dorsey and others with him in the Oval Office.

 

Earlier on Tuesday, Trump suggested Twitter was biased against him without providing evidence. He wrote on Twitter that the company does not "treat me well as a Republican. Very discriminatory."

 

Twitter said in a statement Dorsey had a "constructive meeting with the president of the United States today at the president's invitation. 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."

 

Unlike other major U.S. tech company executives, Dorsey had not previously met with Trump.

 

He was not invited to a December 2016 meeting with president-elect Trump that featured other major tech companies. Reuters reported in 2016 Trump had been angry with Twitter because it had rejected an advertising deal with his campaign.

 

Trump has been upset about losing followers.

 

In October, Trump wrote that "Twitter has removed many people from my account and, more importantly, they have seemingly done something that makes it much harder to join - they have stifled growth to a point where it is obvious to all. A few weeks ago it was a Rocket Ship, now it is a Blimp! Total Bias?"

 

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 U.S. presidential race and other elections, Reuters reported in October.

 

Shares in Twitter jumped 13 percent on Tuesday after it reported quarterly revenue above analyst estimates, which executives said was the result of weeding out spam and abusive posts and targeting ads better.

 

Trump lost 204,000, or 0.4 percent, of his 53.4 million followers in July when Twitter started its purge of suspicious accounts, according to social media data firm Keyhole.

 

Trump has one of the most-followed accounts on Twitter. But the president and Republicans in Congress have repeatedly criticized the company and its social media competitors for what they have called bias against conservatives, something Twitter denies.

 

Democratic U.S. Senator Mazie Hirono said earlier this month "we cannot allow the Republican party to harass tech companies into weakening content moderation policies that already fail to remove hateful, dangerous and misleading content."

 

Carlos Monje, Twitter’s public policy director, said at a Senate hearing earlier this month the site "does not use political viewpoints, perspectives or party affiliation to make any decisions, whether related to automatically ranking content on our service or how we develop or enforce our rules."

 

(Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Tom Brown)

 

 

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Next Donald will be calling GOD in to complain about the weather! its upsetting his golf. Poor baby some people still love you. Dont cry yet!

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1 minute ago, Lacessit said:

I would have thought the POTUS would have more important issues on his plate than how many Twitter followers he has. For the most powerful man in the world, he is strangely insecure.

 

Its part of the larger issue of censorship. If the big 3 social media corps censor people and views, it creates a disadvantage for some. An uneven playing field. Its not right. 

 

For example:

 

18 minutes ago, Estrada said:

who were inciting hatred

 

What, exactly, does this even mean? Who decides what 'inciting hatred' is? 

 

How many people on the right do you hear trying to silence critics by de-platforming, banning, de-monetizing, etc? Almost none. On the left? Pretty much everyone. Its extremely naive to believe that this isnt a system that disadvantages conservatives. 

 

The fact that the left supports this and mocks people who raise the issue is very telling. 

 

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19 minutes ago, Thainesss said:

 

Its part of the larger issue of censorship. If the big 3 social media corps censor people and views, it creates a disadvantage for some. An uneven playing field. Its not right. 

 

For example:

 

 

What, exactly, does this even mean? Who decides what 'inciting hatred' is? 

 

How many people on the right do you hear trying to silence critics by de-platforming, banning, de-monetizing, etc? Almost none. On the left? Pretty much everyone. Its extremely naive to believe that this isnt a system that disadvantages conservatives. 

 

The fact that the left supports this and mocks people who raise the issue is very telling. 

 

The people who own the platform decide what is unacceptable inciting hate.

 

This does not remove any rights to free speech, you can still stand in the street and say whatever you wish... so long as you understand that if you stray into inciting hate there might be consequences visited upon your person.

 

 

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3 minutes ago, Chomper Higgot said:

The people who own the platform decide what is unacceptable inciting hate.

 

This does not remove any rights to free speech, you can still stand in the street and say whatever you wish... so long as you understand that if you stray into inciting hate there might be consequences visited upon your person.

 

Glad you're on record in support if this, which is wholly unsurprising, but completely indicative of the left nowadays. 

 

Cant win with your words alone? Block the other person from talking. 

 

Its cowardice. Plain and simple. 

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