Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey met with President Donald Trump on Tuesday, according to a new report from Motherboard . The meeting was requested by the White House in the emails that were first obtained by the motherboard and which was reported today.
These emails said that the meeting would last 30 minutes and would take place behind closed doors. A spokesperson for Twitter told The Verge : "Jack had a constructive meeting with the president of the United States today, at the invitation of the president. They discussed Twitter's commitment to protect the health of public conversation before the 2020 elections in the US. UU And the ongoing efforts to respond to the opioid crisis. "
President Trump confirmed the meeting in a tweet saying: "Many topics discussed with respect to their platform, and the world of social networks in general. I hope to keep an open dialogue! "
For months, Twitter and other social networking platforms like Facebook have faced intense scrutiny from Republicans who believe they are being silenced online. Late last month, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) chaired a hearing on the Senate's judiciary subcommittee on "technology censorship" and hit Twitter and Facebook officials for alleged bias. Only two Democrats showed up at the hearing, and Republicans spent most of their time questioning platform officials about individual situations in which they believed their speech had been silenced or that they were "hidden," which is when a platform decides not to publish any publication of a User without informing them of the restriction.
No real data was part of the discussion, and their points were based entirely on anecdotal evidence. Dorsey replied in the email about the meeting saying: "As you know, I believe that the conversation, not the silence, closes gaps and pushes towards solutions." He continued: "I have met with all the world leaders who have sent me an invitation." , and I think the discussions have been productive and the results significant. "
Twitter has eliminated many people from my account and, more importantly, they have apparently done something that makes it much harder to join: they have slowed the growth of One Point where it is obvious to all. A few weeks ago it was a rocket, now it's an airship! Total Bias?
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 26, 2018
In March, Trump made comments outside the White House during a press conference with the president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, after to meet. A reporter from Daily Caller asked Trump how he felt about this conservative bias online. Trump said Republicans "have to do something" to fight it.
At the press conference, Trump said: "I have many, millions of followers on Twitter and it is different from what it used to be. Things are happening. Names are removed. People are not entering. " He continued: "Something is happening with the groups of people who use Facebook, Google and Twitter, and I think we have to get to the bottom of this. It's very fair It's collusive and it's very, very fair to say we have to do something about it. "
He has also made a variety of statements that criticize the platform for alleged biases in his Twitter account. In a tweet, Trump said, "Twitter has eliminated many people from my account and, more importantly, they have apparently done something that makes it much more difficult to join in. They have slowed growth to the point where it is obvious to everyone". 19659010] The Fox News Twitter account has been inactive since last November in an apparent boycott after television presenter Tucker Carlson was doxxed. Activists from a group called Smash Racism DC appeared outside his house accusing him of promoting hatred and, according to The Washington Post "an ideology that has led thousands of people to die." 19659012] I have a meeting today that could result in division. I let you know so you do not hear from anyone else first.
I am working as a volunteer in an elementary school math center. I hope both parties learn from the exchange.
– Biz Stone (@biz) April 23, 2019
Co-founder Biz Stone seemed to clear up the controversy on Twitter in a tweet. saying: "I have a meeting today that could result in division, I'll let you know so you do not listen to anyone else." He continued: "I volunteer at a primary school math center, I hope both parties learn from the exchange."
Updated on 04/23/19 5:18 p.m. EST: included a Twitter statement at the meeting.