Trump Meets With Twitter CEO 04/24 06:21

Trump Meets With Twitter CEO           04/24 06:21

   President Donald Trump said he had a "great meeting" Tuesday with Twitter 
CEO Jack Dorsey, hours after bashing the company and accusing it of not 
treating him well because he's a Republican.

   WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump said he had a "great meeting" 
Tuesday with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, hours after bashing the company and 
accusing it of not treating him well because he's a Republican.

   Trump uses Twitter extensively to get his message out, particularly since 
the release of special counsel Robert Mueller's report, including more than 40 
tweets and retweets in the last two days, and two criticizing Twitter itself. 
But Trump has also asserted that social media companies have been exhibiting 
bias against conservatives, something the companies have rejected as untrue.

   Trump gave his readout of the meeting, of course, on 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 to his nearly 60 million followers.

   While some tech company executives may lean liberal, they have long asserted 
that their products are without political bias. Twitter described the meeting 
with Dorsey as constructive and said it came 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," the company said in a statement.

   Trump tweeted earlier Tuesday that he would have more followers "if Twitter 
wasn't playing their political games. No wonder Congress wants to get involved 
- and they should. Must be more, and fairer, companies to get out the WORD!"

   Russian agents used social media sites to sow discord among U.S. voters in 
the 2016 elections. Companies such as Twitter and Facebook have since invested 
heavily in rooting out fake news, propaganda and hate speech. But conservatives 
are complaining that those steps are disproportionally aimed at their side of 
the political spectrum.


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