Dubai's deputy ruler launches Twitter account as CEO visits the UAE

Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum hosts Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey during his first visit to the UAE
Dubai's deputy ruler launches Twitter account as CEO visits the UAE
For Dorsey, it was his first visit to the UAE and passport control officials produced a special stamp to commemorate the occasion.
By Sam Bridge
Mon 24 Jun 2019 05:22 PM

Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, deputy ruler of Dubai, on Monday launched his official Twitter account as he hosted Jack Dorsey, the CEO of the social media giant.

For Dorsey, it was his first visit to the UAE and passport control officials produced a special stamp to commemorate the occasion.

"We are pleased to have hosted Twitter’s CEO and cofounder @jack on his first visit to the Middle East and the UAE. I am also pleased to have launched my new Twitter account in his presence," said Sheikh Maktoum in a tweet.

"Dubai and Twitter share many aspects in common. Both stand as global hubs open for people, build bridges of understanding and dialogue among nations and represent platforms to nurture youth’s energies and creativity," he added.

The visit witnessed the launch of the #YouthForGood Twitter initiative. Dorsey said: “I’m delighted to launch the #YouthForGood initiative in partnership with the Youth Hub. At Twitter, our philanthropic mission is to harness the positive power of our platform to make the world a better place and we hope that such an initiative will empower youth by building their media literacy and digital citizenship skills to drive positive change.”

The #YouthForGood initiative, the first of its kind in the world, aims to promote the use of Twitter to support humanitarian and social causes and sustain a culture of volunteering among youth in the region and the world. It forms part of the broader global #TwitterForGood campaign, with the philanthropic mission to harness the positive power of Twitter to bring communities together.

In April, Twitter said its profits tripled in the first quarter of 2019 even as it ramped up efforts to root out abuse and misconduct on its short messaging platform.

Profits in the first quarter hit $191 million, compared with $61 million a year earlier, while revenues increased 18 percent to $787 million.

Twitter's global user base appeared to show modest growth even as the company transitions to a different way of measuring it.

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