Twitter’s Talented CEO Jack Dorsey Spent Thursday Meeting With Senators On Capitol Hill

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Jack Dorsey, Twitter’s CEO wasn’t in his San Francisco offices on Thursday or at Square.  After speaking to a rousing crowd of supporters of his and other tech industry giants in New York City this week, he spent the day yesterday meeting lawmakers.  Some Senators sought to convince Jack to testify before Congress as part of their probe into the privacy practices of the country’s largest tech companies.jackdorsey-conference

Dorsey who is respected widely in Silicon Valley, in his first-ever visit to the U.S. Capitol, met with legislators, including Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.), the leader of the tech-focused House Energy and Commerce Committee. Walden, who helped orchestrate a high-profile hearing last month featuring Twitter’s larger rival, Facebook, reiterated his request that all top tech executives should answer public questions about their data collection practices on the Hill, according to a committee spokeswoman.

“Trust me, it’s much easier to testify at a congressional hearing before your company gets caught up in a scandal,” Walden wrote in an op-ed published by the San Francisco Chronicle on Monday, which referred to the appearance by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg  weeks after the company suffered a data privacy scandal.

In response, Dorsey conveyed to Walden on Thursday an “interest in telling Twitter’s story in response to the opportunity,” a spokeswoman for the House committee said.

Twitter confirmed Dorsey’s 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 company spokeswoman said.

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
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