Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey thinks President Donal Trump’s tweets are “really important” because they push “conversations out in the open rather than behind closed doors.” He made the remarks during an interview with “Sunday Today” host Willie Geist, which airs in full this weekend.
“I believe it’s really important to hear directly from our leadership. And I believe it’s really important to hold them accountable,” Dorsey told Geist.
The Twitter CEO continued: “So if we’re all to suddenly take these platforms away, where does it go? What happens? It goes in the dark. And I just don’t think that’s good for anyone.”
Trump has 29 million followers on the social media platform and uses it on a regular basis to mock critics, poke fun at rivals and spread his administration’s talking points. On Wednesday alone he sent eight tweets, mostly defending his decision to fire now-former FBI Director James Comey.
During his most recent Twitter session, Trump called CNN “fake news,” said Democrats are “phony hypocrites” and even sent out a video montage of liberals saying Comey deserved to be fired.
Trump’s critics often point to his Twitter account as dangerous, while supporters say he’s simply communicating directly to the American people. Regardless of how Dorsey leans politically, he clearly like the attention the president brings to his company and will continue to give Trump the platform.
The entire interview airs this weekend on NBC’s “Sunday Today with Willie Geist.”