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Trump Met with Twitter CEO at Oval Office to Complain About Losing Followers

April 24, 2019 - 4:28 pm
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President Trump met with Twitter founder and CEO Jack Dorsey on Tuesday as the president continues to criticize the social media company on its own platform. 

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders did not say what the two discussed. "Lots of subjects discussed regarding their platform, and the world of social media in general. Look forward to keeping an open dialogue!" Mr. Trump tweeted after the meeting. 

The Washington Post reports that Trump’s meeting with Dorsey primarily focused on his complaints that the social media giant had “quietly and deliberately” removed some of his followers. The president added that he'd overheard similar gripes from fellow conservatives.

In response, Dorsey explained Twitter was taking steps to scrub the site of fraudulent and spam accounts, according to Reuters.

Dorsey, meanwhile, thanked the president for hosting the meeting in the Oval Office. "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," Dorsey wrote on Twitter.

Mr. Trump, along with other prominent Republicans, has claimed in recent months that Twitter censors conservatives and the president has indicated his openness to further regulation of the website. The president most recently used Twitter to attack the company Tuesday morning, hours before his meeting with Dorsey. 

"'The best thing ever to happen to Twitter is Donald Trump.' @MariaBartiromo," the president said in a tweet quoting Fox Business guest Daniel Ives. "So true, but they don't treat me well as a Republican. Very discriminatory, hard for people to sign on. Constantly taking people off list. Big complaints from many people. Different names-over 100 M...But should be much higher than that 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!"

The president has regularly used his personal Twitter account to bash the company. 

"Facebook, Google and Twitter, not to mention the Corrupt Media, are sooo on the side of the Radical Left Democrats. But fear not, we will win anyway, just like we did before! #MAGA," Mr. Trump tweeted in March. 

"Twitter 'SHADOW BANNING' prominent Republicans. Not good. We will look into this discriminatory and illegal practice at once! Many complaints," the president tweeted last July. 

Mr. Trump is known for his regular use of Twitter, even using it to announce major changes in policy, as well as the departures of top administration officials and the selection of new ones. 

-- Associated Press contributed to this story.