President Donald Trump spent a significant part of his exclusive closed-door meeting with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on Tuesday complaining that he had recently lost twitter followers, The Washington Post reported, citing a person with direct knowledge of the conversation.
According to the Post, Trump said that he believed Twitter was deliberately removing his followers and that he knew other conservatives who also had lost followers.
Twitter has previously said that follower counts can change as it works to remove bots and fake accounts. Dorsey reportedly explained this point in the meeting and noted that he has also lost followers as a result.
Trump attacked the company in a pair of tweets ahead of the meeting.
“Very discriminatory, hard for people to sign on. Constantly taking people off list. Big complaints from many people. Different names-over 100 [million]. But should be much higher than that if Twitter wasn’t playing their political games,” Trump tweeted Tuesday morning.
A short time later, Trump celebrated his meeting with Dorsey on Twitter, calling it “great” and saying he looks forward to “keeping an open dialogue.”
“Lots of subjects discussed regarding their platform, and the world of social media in general,” Trump tweeted.
According to an analysis of the president’s 55 million followers on Twitter last year,
More than 60% of Trump’s Twitter following, or about 33 million accounts, were deemed fake by the marketing software firm Sparktoro, according to their analysis of the president’s 55 million Twitter followers conducted in October.
It ran all of Trump’s followers through a machine-learning based tool that picks up signals that an account might be spam, propaganda, a bot, or inactive. If the account racks up seven to 10 signals or more, it was counted as fake.