Trump complained to Twitter CEO about lost followers

Andrew Cummings
April 24, 2019

President Donald Trump met with Jack Dorsey, the CEO of his favorite online platform, Twitter, on Tuesday in the Oval Office.

In a statement, Twitter said the pair spoke about "protecting the health of the public conversation" ahead of the USA 2020 general election. According to the Washington Post, the president complained about his loss of followers during his sit-down meeting with Dorsey at the White House.

Meanwhile, Dorsey thanked the president for hosting the gathering, tweeting: "Thank you for the time".

"Things are happening, names are taken off, people aren't getting through, you've heard the same complaints and it seems to be if they are conservative, if they're Republicans, if they're in a certain group there's discrimination and big discrimination", Trump said.

As The Daily Beast notes, Donald Trump also spent part of this meeting complaining to Jack Dorsey that his predecessor, Barack Obama, has more followers than he does, despite his own admission that he is "so much better at Twitter than Obama is".

Twitter, which has been focusing on improving the quality of its platform by removing thousands of spam and suspicious accounts, said it would no longer disclose MAUs from next quarter.

Trump, as president-elect, met with executives of top technology companies in December 2016, but no one from Twitter was invited.

He has used the platform in the past to launch scathing attacks on journalists, politicians and foreign nations, drawing intense criticism.

The meeting came about after allegations from conservatives that social media sites have a bias against them.

The meeting between Trump and Dorsey was reported earlier by Motherboard.

"No wonder Congress wants to get involved - and they should", Trump added in a tweet.

Twitter said in its earnings call it had 134 million of the monetizable users during the first three months of 2019 - classified as users who log in and access Twitter on an application that displays advertisements.

Hours earlier, Trump, who has almost 60 million followers on his personal account, complained in a pair of tweets that he would have a lot more except for what he claims are deliberate efforts by the company to thwart a larger online fan base.

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