Apr 23, 2019

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey meets with Trump in Oval Office

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey. Photo: Phillip Faraone/Getty Images for WIRED25

Twitter chief executive Jack Dorsey met with President Trump Tuesday at the White House — a conversation the platform called "constructive" but only provided limited details about.

Flashback: Just this morning, Trump was tweeting that Twitter doesn't "treat me well as a Republican," echoing claims of anti-conservative bias on the platform that have never been backed up by evidence or reporting.

What they're saying: "Lots of subjects discussed regarding their platform, and the world of social media in general," Trump tweeted, along with a photo of the meeting.

  • Twitter said the administration had invited the company to the White House.
  • "They discussed Twitter’s commitment to protecting the health of the public conversation ahead of the 2020 U.S. election and efforts underway to respond to the opioid crisis," a spokesperson said.

Yes, but: According to the Washington Post, Trump complained about his belief that Twitter was purposefully removing his followers.

The bigger picture: Some of Trump's tweets, like his threats against North Korea, have raised questions about whether they violate the platform's rules and should be removed. But the company has said that newsworthiness can contribute to tweets staying up.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 3 p.m. ET: 766,336 — Total deaths: 36,873 — Total recoveries: 160,001.
  2. U.S.: Leads the world in confirmed cases. Total confirmed cases as of 3 p.m. ET: 153,246 — Total deaths: 2,828 — Total recoveries: 5,545.
  3. Federal government latest: The White House will extend its social distancing guidelines until April 30 — Rep. Nydia Velázquez diagnosed with "presumed" coronavirus infection.
  4. State updates: Virginia and Maryland issued stay-at-home orders to residents, joining 28 other states — Florida megachurch pastor arrested for refusing to call off mass services.
  5. World updates: Spain's cases exceed China's — Italy reports 1,590 recoveries from the virus, its highest ever.
  6. In photos: Navy hospital ship arrives in Manhattan
  7. What should I do? Answers about the virus from Axios expertsWhat to know about social distancingQ&A: Minimizing your coronavirus risk
  8. Other resources: CDC on how to avoid the virus, what to do if you get it.

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Cuomo: Engaging in politics during coronavirus crisis is "anti-American"

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said during a Monday press briefing that he won't get into a political tussle with President Trump — calling it "counterproductive" and "anti-American" — as his state deals with the most confirmed coronavirus cases in the country.

The backdrop: Trump said during an appearance on "Fox & Friends" earlier Monday that Cuomo has received high polling numbers during the outbreak because New York has received federal aid.

Maryland and Virginia issue coronavirus stay-at-home orders

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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam issued stay-at-home orders on Monday, with exceptions for residents engaged in essential services, including health care and government functions.

The big picture: The states are the latest to announce policies to enforce social distancing, which have affected almost 250 million Americans. More than 1.5 billion people worldwide had been asked to stay home as of last week.

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