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Jack Dorsey: Trump's Twitter Use 'Fascinating,' 'Complicated'

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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey accepts the award for CEO of the Year onstage during the Thurgood Marshall College Fund 28th Annual Awards Gala at Washington Hilton on Nov. 21, 2016, in Washington, D.C. (Teresa Kroeger/Getty Images for Thurgood Marshall College Fund)

By    |   Wednesday, 07 Dec 2016 02:41 PM

Jack Dorsey, Twitter's chief executive officer, said Tuesday he finds President-elect Donald Trump's use of the social media site "complicated" and "fascinating."

Making his comments during Recode's Code Commerce event in San Francisco, Dorsey attempted to answer a question about his feelings on the real estate mogul's use of the medium through the presidential campaign.

"Complicated," Dorsey said. "I feel very proud of the role of the service and what it stands for and everything that we've done, and that continues to accelerate every single day. Especially as it's had such a spotlight on it through his usage and the election.

"The complicated part is just what does this mean to have a direct line to how he's thinking in real time and to see that," he continued.

A Fox News opinion article published Wednesday said Twitter has given Trump the power to bypass the media at will to get his thoughts and beliefs across to the general public.

"He'll command an expansive nuclear arsenal, an unparalleled military and a Twitter account with 16.9 million followers," Dan Gainor wrote. "That last item gives Trump the unique ability to go around the major media. It makes him a one-man super power — able to push policy agendas, compliment allies and critique the press.

"The American media are terrified of Trump. They are freaked out by his ability to talk directly to the American public. Even more, they are enraged over his willingness to attack them — the people who think they are 'truth tellers,'" Gainor added.

Dorsey said Trump's use of Twitter to address his feelings on a wide variety of issues is new for the office.

"I think that's interesting, I think it's fascinating, I haven't seen that before," Dorsey said, per Recode. "So we're definitely entering a new world where everything is on the surface and we can all see it in real time and we can all have conversations about it."

David Danford wrote Wednesday for The Federalist that Trump has managed to turn Twitter into a political weapon as well as a way of communicating with the public.

"But for now, the political and pundit classes are still confused, unable to break out of their cycle of hysterics and insults. Meanwhile, Trump continues to change American politics," Danford wrote. "Trump's seemingly off-the-cuff and thoughtless tweets are no small part of this fascinating display of political skill. With 140 characters or fewer, Trump plants seeds of thought necessary to restore republican government."

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