- Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has extended an olive branch to high-profile Republicans who think right-wingers are being censored.
- That includes US Sen. Ted Cruz, according to The Washington Post.
- Right-wingers have accused Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube of censoring their voices or casting right-wing issues in a negative light.
- Dorsey acknowledged that the upper executive ranks of Twitter tended to lean left.
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey took a series of meetings recently with high-profile Republicans, including Sen. Ted Cruz, to assuage their fears about his company’s supposed liberal bias.
According to The Washington Post’s Tony Romm, citing sources, Dorsey had dinner on June 19 with Mercedes Schlapp (a communications adviser to Donald Trump), the Fox commentator Guy Benson, the TV host Greta Van Susteren, and the Americans for Tax Reform founder Grover Norquist.
Right-wingers have expressed fear that they are censored on services like Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter.
While Dorsey was reportedly there to build trust, the group accused him of showing a progressive bias by tweeting about issues such as gay rights and immigration.
They also said he needed to hire engineers with diverse political viewpoints.
According to The Post, Dorsey separately met with Cruz and the pro-Trump Fox News host Sean Hannity.
Some of the people Dorsey met want him to look into Twitter’s news feature Moments, which they said often painted conservatives in a negative light. So far, Twitter hasn’t publicly announced any changes.
Dorsey has reportedly acknowledged internally that he and Twitter’s board lean left.
“It’s no secret that we are largely left leaning, and we all have biases,” The Post quoted Dorsey as saying in a memo to employees early this month. “That includes me, our board, and our company.”