Trump holds surprise meeting with Twitter CEO Dorsey at White House

Larry Hoffman
April 27, 2019

U.S. President Donald Trump and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey met Tuesday after the president unleashed a tirade against the social media platform.

Trump earlier on Tuesday had groused about Twitter in a tweet. Trump and other public figures have escaped that effect, Twitter has controversially decided, because their tweets are a matter of public interest (though the company recently announced it's considering denoting offensive tweets that might have otherwise deleted if, um, the person behind them wasn't quite so important).

For years prominent Republicans and right-wing media personalities have repeatedly made unfounded accusations that Twitter and other social media platforms are biased against conservative users. And so, Stone did what many frustrated Twitter users do: he used the platform to make his displeasure known.

Twitter told AFP that Dorsey "had a constructive meeting" with Trump at the president's invitation.

Twitter, however, forecast lower second quarter revenue and warned of a hefty increase in operating expenses. This, however, is still behind their estimated numbers of 336 million in the same quarter past year. On Twitter, Dorsey thanked Trump and vowed that "Twitter is here to serve the entire public conversation, and we intend to make it healthier and more civil". "Lots of subjects discussed regarding their platform, and the world of social media in general", Trump said on Twitter.

Twitter Inc. (NYSE: TWTR) released its first-quarter financial results before the markets opened on Tuesday.

"Things are happening, names are taken off, people aren't getting through", Trump said at the time. Vijaya Gadde, Twitter's global lead for legal, policy, and trust and safety, wrote that the topic of the talk would be "the health of the public conversation on Twitter".

The White House didn't respond to a request for clarification on Trump's tweets.

Twitter reported quarterly profit of $191 million, or 25 cents a share, compared with $61 million, or 8 cents per share, a year earlier.

For the current quarter ending in July, Twitter said it expects revenue in the range of $770 million to $830 million. Twitter has denied suppressing conservative speech in the past. Trump tweeted after the meeting along with a photo. He also said Twitter was playing "political games" and that he'd heard "big complaints from many people".

Moreover, Trump called for Congress to regulate Twitter.

Strangely, just a day before the two met, Trump didn't exactly extol the merits of Twitter. "Big complaints from many people", the president tweeted to his almost 60 million followers.

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