Dorsey was born and raised in St. In his younger days, Dorsey worked occasionally as a fashion model. Some of the open-source software he created in the area of dispatch logistics is still used by taxicab companies.
While working on dispatching as a programmer, Dorsey moved to California. When he first saw implementations of instant messaging , Dorsey wondered whether the software's user status output could be shared easily among friends. Dorsey would assume the post of interim CEO upon Costolo's departure. In May , Dorsey announced that Twitter would not count photos and links in the character limit to free up more space for text. This was an attempt to entice new users, since the number of tweets per day had dropped to about million in January from about million in September and its peak of million in August On November 22, , Dorsey was briefly suspended from his own Twitter account with 3.
After restoring the account, Dorsey tweeted that the suspension was due to an "internal mistake". In March , Dorsey announced that an improved version of the verification system is coming to Twitter. The purpose of redesigning verification is to let people verify more facts about themselves, emphasizing proof of identity.
S midterm election of to help in verifying the identities of the candidates. Dorsey met privately with U. President Donald Trump at the White House and discussed Trump's concerns that Twitter had limited or removed some of his Twitter followers, and those of conservatives. After the meeting, Dorsey tweeted that their discussion included making Twitter "healthier and more civil".
On August 30, , Dorsey's personal Twitter account was allegedly breached for nearly an hour by a group calling itself the Chuckling Squad, posting and retweeting numerous racist tweets. The reason was an earnings miss off a third-quarter report, which Twitter blamed on ad targeting problems. Dorsey had been making a concerted effort to dampen the effect that Twitter had on political elections, which entailed banning all political ads. This was also seen as a large contributor to the drop.
Dorsey announced that, as of November 22, , Twitter would ban all political advertising. The policy applies globally to all marketing campaigns about political issues. Dorsey, along with co-founder Jim McKelvey , developed a small business platform to accept debit and credit card payments on a mobile device called Square , released in May The small, square-shaped device attaches to iPhone , iPad , iPod Touch , or Android devices via the headphone jack, and as a mini card reader, allows a person to swipe their card, choose an amount to transfer to the recipient and then sign their name for confirmation.
Square is also a system for sending paperless receipts via text message or email, and is available as a free app for iOS and Android OS.
Square's office is on Market Street in San Francisco. In , talking to CNN , Dorsey expressed admiration for Michael Bloomberg and his reinvention through design and simple interfaces of what it means to be mayor.
Dorsey was announced as a new member of the board of directors of The Walt Disney Company on December 24, Dorsey is a board member of the Berggruen Institute 's Governance Center. In March , Dorsey fully funded about Missouri public school projects registered at DonorsChoose.
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