Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey meets with President Trump

Twitter says Dorsey discussed the "health of the public conversation ahead of the 2020 US elections."

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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey met with President Donald Trump on Tuesday.

The meeting happened on the same day Trump criticized Twitter, accusing the social media company of being "very discriminatory," playing "political games" and not treating him "well as a Republican." Twitter has denied suppressing conservative speech in the past.  

Hours after lashing out at Twitter, Trump tweeted about the meeting and said he's looking forward to "keeping an open dialogue."

Motherboard, which first reported about the meeting, said Dorsey was invited to the White House for a closed-door, 30-minute meeting.

A Twitter spokesperson said Dorsey had a "constructive meeting" with the president and confirmed the tech mogul was invited.

"They discussed Twitter's commitment to protecting the health of the public conversation ahead of the 2020 US elections and efforts underway to respond to the opioid crisis," the spokesperson said.

Twitter didn't respond to questions about whether Dorsey discussed Trump's allegations against the company during the meeting. The Washington Post, citing a person with direct knowledge of the conversation, reported that Trump voiced concerns about losing Twitter followers. Dorsey told the president that some Twitter users, including himself, lost followers after the company cracked down on spam, the Post reported. 

The White House confirmed the meeting but provided no further details.

With nearly 60 million followers, Trump is among Twitter's most popular users, but his tweets can also be controversial. Twitter has faced calls to boot Trump off the platform over allegations that he's spreading hate speech or inciting violence. The social network takes into consideration the newsworthiness of Trump's tweets.

Twitter, which reported better-than-expected first-quarter earnings on Tuesday, plans to add a notice if a tweet violates the company's rules but stays up because it's in the public interest.

Originally published April 23, 2:10 p.m. PT
Update, 2:36 p.m.: Adds more background. Update, 3:31 p.m.: Adds report from The Washington Post. Update, 4:01 p.m. PT: Adds White House confirmation.