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After White House stop, Twitter CEO calls congresswoman about death threats

Enlarge / A controversial tweet by President Trump was the subject of a phone call between Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Rep. Ilhan Omar, according to the Washington Post.

Just after Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey paid a visit to the White House on April 23, he called Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar about a somewhat related topic—death threats that had been made against her on Twitter following a post by President Trump himself.

According to a Washington Post report, Dorsey defended the decision not to pull Trump's tweet—a video that combined a single phrase from Omar's speech at a Council on Islamic Relations banquet with footage of the attacks on the Twin Towers. Trump captioned it all: "NEVER FORGET." The post remains up.

Omar has been the target of a stream of hateful content on Twitter. As she said in a statement posted on Twitter, "Since the President's tweet… I have experienced an increase in direct threats on my life—many directly referencing or replying to the President's video."

We are all Americans. This is endangering lives. It has to stop. pic.twitter.com/gwB2kDUIRp

— Rep. Ilhan Omar (@Ilhan) April 15, 2019

The posts have continued with both direct and indirect threats, many of which Twitter has not acted upon. Others have sought to intimidate or harass in other ways. Some users have also targeted Omar for comments she made about the US intervention in Somalia in 1993.

Screenshot of a tweet directed at Rep. Ilhan Omar showing a photo of a US serviceman being towed through the streets of Mogadishu.
Enlarge / Screenshot of a tweet directed at Rep. Ilhan Omar showing a photo of a US serviceman being towed through the streets of Mogadishu.
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