Trump complained to Twitter CEO about lost followers

Ann Santiago
April 25, 2019

Just hours before meeting Dorsey, Trump complained in a tweet that Twitter doesn't "treat me well as a Republican", adding that the platform is "very discriminatory".

"Thank you for the time", Mr Dorsey tweeted in reply.

Any reduction is likely the result of Twitter's recent efforts to remove millions of suspicious accounts after it and other social media services were used in misinformation campaigns attempting to influence voters in the 2016 USA presidential race and other elections, Reuters reported in October.

On the not-so-bright side, Twitter reported 330 million monthly active users for the quarter, which represented a decline of about 6 million MAUs, year-over-year.

During the period, Twitter continued to make much-needed product improvements, including the launch of a public prototype app created to boost healthy conversations.

As of Tuesday morning, Trump had 59.9 million Twitter followers, making him the 13th most-tracked user on the social media network behind individuals including former President Barack Obama and singers Katy Perry and Taylor Swift.

Trump, as president-elect, met with executives of top technology companies in December 2016, but no one from Twitter was invited. There is also no evidence to suggest that Twitter is "constantly taking people off list", as Trump argued.

The meeting, first reported by Vice, was confirmed by Trump, who tweeted a photo of the meeting. "We do believe that work will ensure people find a place that they can contribute, they can participate in, and want to do that more and more every single day", he told analysts Tuesday. "Big complaints from many people", he wrote, before accusing the site of "political games". But the President, his supporters, and Republicans in Congress have repeatedly criticised the company and its social media competitors for what they have called bias against conservatives, something Twitter denies.

"The best thing ever to happen to Twitter is Donald Trump", Trump tweeted, quoting Fox News host Maria Bartiromo.

"We enforce the Twitter Rules dispassionately and equally for all users, regardless of their background or political affiliation".

The earnings report also included details of an experimental app that the company has been developing to make the social media site more "conversational".

And, according to Reuters, the commander-in-chief was more concerned with the rate at which he was haemorrhaging Twitter followers.

The company said net income for the first three months of the year rose on strong ad demand.

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