Jack Dorsey on Trump’s use of Twitter: ‘fascinating’ and ‘complicated’

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has some mixed feelings about President-elect Donald Trump’s tweeting.

Trump’s 140-character social media posts have made news headlines, been the subject of sketch comedy but have also raised concerns about hate speech and misinformation spreading on the social media site.

On Tuesday night at Recode’s Code Commerce conference in San Francisco, Dorsey shared his thoughts about Trump’s use of Twitter.

“It’s important time for the company and the service and having the President-elect on our service, using that as a direct line as communication allows everyone to see…what’s on his mind in the moment and I think that’s interesting,” he said. “I think it’s fascinating. I haven’t seen that before, so we’re definitely entering a new world where everything is on the surface and we can all see it in real time and we can have conversations about it.”

But how does Dorsey personally feel?

“Complicated,” the 40-year-old tech mogul told the audience.

“We certainly play a big part in distributing news and opinions and what people think about what’s going on in the world, and you know, we have a role and responsibility to make sure that people are seeing what they need to see and they can have easy conversations and really get to the truth,” Dorsey said. “Um, and that’s complicated.”

And Twitter helped Trump’s Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton reach the masses as well. The company said yesterday that the most shared political tweet this year was from Clinton’s concession speech.

Trump’s tweet after he won the presidential election was the third most retweeted after Clinton’s tweet to Trump, asking him to delete his account.

Social media companies, including Twitter, have been grappling with how much influence they’ve had over the outcome of the presidential election. The San Francisco tech firm has also reportedly been suspending accounts such as @PatrioticPepe¬†that tweet out automated responses to Trump’s tweets.

But does Twitter feel responsible for Trump’s presidential victory?

“America’s responsible for Donald Trump being president,” Dorsey said.

Photo Credit: Jack Dorsey is interviewed on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015. (Richard Drew/AP)

 
 

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