Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey met with several U.S. lawmakers on Thursday to discuss issues such as data privacy and net neutrality.
"Pleasure to meet with @Twitter’s @jack today," Sen. Ed MarkeyEd MarkeyTikTok, Snapchat executives to make Capitol Hill debuts The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden, Democrats inch closer to legislative deal Six big off-year elections you might be missing MORE (D-Mass.) tweeted. Markey also wrote that Sens. Amy KlobucharAmy Klobuchar'Facebook Papers' turn up heat on embattled social media platform Omar, Klobuchar lead charge seeking Congressional Gold Medal for Prince Klobuchar: 'Facebook knew' it was hurting communities MORE (D-Minn.) and Maria CantwellMaria Elaine CantwellSenate Democrat calls on Facebook to preserve documents related to whistleblower testimony Biden says he has directed DOJ to focus on violence from unruly airline passengers Looking to the past to secure America's clean energy future MORE (D-Wash.) attended the meeting with Dorsey as well.
Markey wrote that they had discussed net neutrality, online privacy and immigration.
Pleasure to meet with @Twitter’s @jack today, along with @SenBlumenthal, @SenAmyKlobuchar and @SenatorCantwell, to discuss #NetNeutrality, online #privacy, and immigration. Let’s continue the conversation.— Ed Markey (@SenMarkey) May 17, 2018
In the House, Dorsey met with Reps. James Clyburn (D-S.C.), Barbara LeeBarbara Jean LeeHouse progressives call on Biden to end all new fossil fuel permitting Overnight Health Care — Presented by Altria — Dip in COVID-19 cases offer possible sign of hope 'I was one of the lucky ones': Three Democrats recount their abortion stories to panel MORE (D-Calif.) Terri SewellTerrycina (Terri) Andrea SewellIt's time to make access to quality kidney care accessible and equitable for all Pressure builds on Democratic leadership over HBCU funding Thousands march on Washington in voting rights push MORE (D-Ala.) and Cedric RichmondCedric RichmondBiden to meet with business leaders amid debt ceiling pressure campaign on GOP Bottom line The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden, Democrats to scale back agenda MORE (D-La).
Each is a member of the Congressional Black Caucus and have taken part in its efforts to make tech companies more diverse. Clyburn said in a tweet that they addressed this directly with Dorsey along with election security and digital ad transparency legislation.
Dorsey also met with top Republican lawmakers including Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyBipartisan lawmakers target judges' stock trading with new bill Another voice of reason retires Overnight Health Care — Presented by Carequest — FDA moves to sell hearing aids over-the-counter MORE (Iowa) and Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John ThuneJohn Randolph ThuneThune endorses Herschel Walker in Georgia Senate race Democratic frustration with Sinema rises Senate Republicans raise concerns about TSA cyber directives for rail, aviation MORE (S.D.) and House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg WaldenGregory (Greg) Paul WaldenEx-Sen. Cory Gardner joins lobbying firm Ex-Rep. John Shimkus joins lobbying firm Lobbying world MORE (Ore.). The Twitter CEO's conversations with them focused more on potential misuse of the platform, according to tweets the lawmakers posted after their meetings.
“As part of Twitter’s regular outreach to Capitol Hill, Jack is meeting with several members of Congress on a wide range of issues, including our work to promote the public health of conversations online and to protect data privacy,” a Twitter spokesperson said of the meetings.
Tweeting about #Twitter seems like something straight out of Inception, but I had a great conversation with CEO @Jack about the power of his platform and what they’re doing to protect users. #Tweetception pic.twitter.com/e8HXo5ldFh— Senator John Thune (@SenJohnThune) May 17, 2018
Great conversation with @jack today about consumer protection, algorithms, and data privacy. I look forward to further discussions on these important issues in the near future. pic.twitter.com/MpBKyG01vs— Rep. Greg Walden (@repgregwalden) May 17, 2018
Earlier this year, Thune’s Commerce Committee held a hearing on extremist use of social media platforms. The hearing’s witness panel featured representatives from major technology companies, including Twitter.
An aide for the Senate Intelligence Committee's ranking Democrat Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerOvernight Energy & Environment — Presented by American Clean Power — Methane fee faces negotiations Democrats ready to put a wrap on dragged-out talks Sunday shows preview: CDC signs off on 'mix and match' vaccine boosters MORE (Va.) on Thursday confirmed that the senator also met with the Twitter CEO to discuss Twitter's forthcoming transparency center, data issues and other unspecified regulations.
Warner has been a vocal critic of Twitter over how it handled Russian election interference on its platform during the 2016 presidential election.