Report: Twitter CEO Held Private Meetings With Conservative Leaders To Try To Convince Them Of Having No Bias

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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey reportedly met with top conservative leaders June 19 to try to cultivate goodwill among that side of the political spectrum, which in general feels that the social media company treats them unfairly.

The tech leader held a dinner and broke bread with Mercedes Schlapp, communications adviser to President Donald Trump, television anchor Greta Van Susteren, Fox News contributor Guy Benson, and Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist, according to The Washington Post.

They allegedly urged Dorsey to hire engineers with a diversity of viewpoints, so that powerful tech companies and their projects aren’t designed with a generally myopic perspective. The conservative influencers also dismissed Dorsey’s claims to have a neutral platform, especially since, like other tech executives, he is quite outspoken on his progressive opinions, reports WaPo.

Dorsey — just as he presumably had to do at the meeting — has to balance concerns that the company and its operators are biased, and thus cleanses the platform of content they don’t like for ideological reasons, with his goals to rid of hate speech and misinformation. (RELATED: Twitter: ‘Our Mistake’ For Restricting User Who Criticized Hamas)

“It’s no secret that we are largely left leaning, and we all have biases,” Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey wrote in a note to staff on June 7, according to WaPo, echoing comments made by fellow Silicon Valley bigwig Mark Zuckerberg. “That includes me, our board, and our company.”

Dorsey also reportedly met with Fox News host Sean Hannity and with Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas on separate occasions in recent months.

Twitter did not respond to The Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment in time of publication.

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