Trump and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Talked Opioid Epidemic, President’s Follower Count
The meeting, made Trump's request, took place in the White House
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President Trump met privately at the White House with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on Tuesday to discuss issues facing the American public like the opioid epidemic and online censorship, as well as Trump’s number of followers.
The meeting took place amid a tense climate between Trump and the tech industry as the president openly threatens to regulate Facebook, Google and Twitter over his own claims that the platforms stifle the voices and opinions of conservatives, the Washington Post noted. Just hours before the meeting, Trump accused Twitter of playing “political games” and tampering with his nearly 60 million followers.
Thank you for the time. 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.
— jack (@jack) April 23, 2019
A “significant portion” of the meeting, according to the Post, focused on Trump’s concern that the social media site has quietly and deliberately limited or removed some of his followers.
In a statement, Twitter said the meeting — initiated by the president — focused on “protecting the health of the public conversation ahead of the 2020 U.S. elections and efforts underway to respond to the opioid crisis.”
Twitter, in partnership with the federal government, has developed a program to encourage Americans to dispose of unneeded prescription drugs to lower the risk of abuse.
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