Twitter Launches ‘Charm Offensive’ to Win Conservative Support

‘Jack Dorsey is a Silicon Valley liberal. They shadowban certain conservative voices….’

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(Joshua Paladino, Liberty Headlines) Twitter has a reputation among many for its anti-conservative stance, but amid a declining user base the platform hopes to correct that perception by launching a conservative “charm offensive,” according to a report from Fox Business Senior Correspondent Charlie Gasparino.

With Liz Claman on “Countdown to the Closing Bell,” Gasparino talked about Twitter’s efforts to reclaim trust among people across the political spectrum.

“There’s a huge anti-conservative bias,” Gasparino said. “[Twitter CEO] Jack Dorsey is a Silicon Valley liberal. They shadowban certain conservative voices. They block or eliminate other conservative voices.”

Twitter lost about a million users in the second quarter of 2018, blaming the losses on the decision in May and June to remove 70 million inactive users and fake accounts, CNBC reported.

In response, share prices slipped 14 percent, from about $43 on July 26 to $34 on July 27.

It was the second largest decline in the company’s history.

“What we do know from my sources inside the company, from my sources just around the media world, is that they are basically launching a charm offensive with conservatives. They are meeting with conservative media types,” Gasparino said. “They are meeting with GOP lawmakers. They are trying to tell the conservative pundit base that Twitter is not anti-conservative, that the steps they take, they take it equally, and they value conservative thought on the medium.”

He said Twitter has to maintain a conservative presence on the platform in order to maintain user growth, which is required “to sell the ads to get the money flowing.”

“They’re not doing this because Jack Dorsey likes conservatives, because in his heart of heart he probably doesn’t,” Gasparino said. “Listen, he’s a nice guy, I’m not saying anything wrong with him, but he’s a liberal. He’s a Silicon Valley liberal.

“He’s doing it because keeping conservatives in the fold, engaged, on Twitter, is a way that he’s going to make money.”

Twitter claims it has stopped shadow banning conservatives, but Gasparino said many conservatives have a hard time stomaching policies that allow Louis Farrakhan to speak but not Milo Yiannopoulos.

“He knows that if you basically create a situation where their environment is not welcoming to conservatives, conservatives will find something else to go to as they have done repeatedly during — there’s a reason why certain newspapers don’t attract a lot of conservative viewership or readership,” Gasparino said.

Watch Gasparino report Twitter’s publicity campaign: