The co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Twitter Jack Dorsey recently expressed his “complicated” feelings about the U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s tweeting hobby.
“I feel very proud of the role of the service and what it stands for and everything that we’ve done…Especially as it’s had such a spotlight on it through (Trump’s) usage and the election,” Dorsey said on Tuesday.
“The complicated part is just what does this mean to have a direct line to how he’s thinking in real time and to see that,” he added when speaking at a technology conference held here.
Trump, with nearly 17 million twitter followers, writes mostly about his feelings on domestic and international issues, while only 5 percent of the total 34,000 tweets are retweets or quoted tweets.
The president-elect has already wrote some 150 tweets in one month since the election, after Trump said he would be “very restrained” on tweeting in his first extensive post-election interview aired on Nov.13.
The frequency of tweeting in Trump’s words is a “method of fighting back” against inaccurate media reports on him, which is on the other hand applauded by many as free and direct communication with the American public.
According to Dorsey, the U.S. president-elect using Twitter as a direct line of communication “allows everyone to see what’s on his mind in the moment,” which is an “interesting and fascinating” phenomenon that people haven’t seen before.
“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 all have conversations about it,” Dorsey claimed.
Twitter has been widely criticized for the rise of alt-right movement, a white nationalist group that to some degree helped shove Trump into the White House. The wave of denunciation has forced Twitter to block many prominent supremacists accounts in November. Enditem