• Twitter CEO Gently Tells Trump: Your 'Lost' Followers Are Bots and Spam Accounts

    Photo Illustration by Lyne Lucien/The Daily Beast/Photos GettyOn Tuesday, President Trump hosted Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey in the Oval Office for a closed-door meeting, during which the leader of the free world spent an inordinate amount of time complaining about lost Twitter followers, according to a source familiar with the conversation.The Twitter chief, for his part, tried to reassure the president that the company’s staff merely wants his follower count to be as bot-free as possible.This is what the most powerful person in the world was preoccupied with Tuesday.A large percentage of the meeting, which included senior White House officials such as Trump’s social media director Dan Scavino, was spent addressing the subject of @realDonaldTrump’s follower count. The president stated his belief that he had lost some of his roughly 59 million followers in anti-Trump, anti-conservative Twitter purges, according to a source familiar with the meeting. Dorsey, according to this knowledgeable source, had to explain to the president that like other Twitter users, @realDonaldTrump periodically loses followers when the site deletes fake or bot accounts. Dorsey even said he himself had lost followers as a result of Twitter’s efforts to delete fake accounts.During this private gathering in the West Wing, Dorsey assured Trump that the company wants him, and everyone else on Twitter, to have only real followers, according to the source.Trump also said he’s heard from other prominent conservatives about problems with Twitter, though he declined to name names.The summit with Twitter’s CEO is unlikely to assuage the president’s concerns about tech giants and social media, of which he has many. Two people close to Trump previously told The Daily Beast that Trump has repeatedly griped to associates about how his predecessor, President Obama, has had more Twitter followers than he has, even though-by Trump’s own assessment-he is so much better at Twitter than Obama is.The Washington Post first reported that the president devoted much of the White House meeting to grumbling about his Twitter followers. Earlier in the day, Motherboard broke the news that Trump and Dorsey were meeting on Tuesday. Dorsey also used the meeting to promote Twitter’s efforts to fight opioid addiction, which include using a special emoji to promote National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. It is unclear how interested Trump was in discussing those efforts, at least compared to his time spent inquiring about the alleged purging of his followers.Beyond confirming that the meeting had indeed occurred, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders did not respond to The Daily Beast’s follow-up questions as of press time.The discussion came a few hours after early morning tweets from the president accusing Twitter of playing “political games” with his follower count and calling for congressional intervention against the company. “Constantly taking people off list,” Trump tweeted. “Big complaints from many people.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here

  • Stop Everything: Did Meghan Markle Secretly Give Birth to Baby Sussex?

    As the world celebrated the one-year birthday on Tuesday of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s third child, Prince Louis, idle gossip began to grow regarding another royal baby birthday. Did Meghan Markle secretly already give birth? And, if so, how long before she and Prince Harry announce the news? With mounting clues supporting the theory […]

  • 'She took her last breath in my arms': Woman's tragic post after baby dies on flight

    "I immediately knew something was horribly wrong."

  • 15-year-old student 'ashamed' and 'disgusted' after being dress coded at school

    A high school student in Kentucky says that she was “extremely humiliated” by a teacher who reprimanded her for a set of overalls, which she alleges are within the school’s dress code.

  • Controversial 'Game of Thrones' sex scene gives away a key detail about Arya Stark

    We're two Game of Thrones episodes in, and the story has further advanced towards the event we've all been waiting for. I'm not going to spoil what just happened on HBO's biggest show, or what's about to go down next week, but I will discuss two things from last night's episode, both concerning a certain girl. The following spoilers won't ruin your Game of Thrones experience, although one of them deals directly with an older Game of Thrones fan theory. How old is Arya?Arya finally got some, so to speak, during the second episode, as she hooked up with Gendry in a slightly cringy scene. Unsurprisingly, the internet exploded, as fans were shocked to discover these two characters having sex, especially Arya.But the internet should remember that Arya is about 18 years old in season 8. Gendry, meanwhile, is 23. In real life, Maise Williams is 22, while Joe Dempsie is 31. William talked to Entertainment Weekly about Arya's scene with Gendry, revealing how she learned about that scene and what was required of her: [Showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss] were like: 'You can show as much or as little as you want.' So I kept myself pretty private. I don't think it's important for Arya to flash. This beat isn't really about that. And everybody else has already done it on the show, so…If you're still in shock, maybe you should remember that when Danaerys and Khal Drogo got together in season one, the character was 16 years old, actually three years older than in the book. And Drogo wasn't exactly a tender lover initially. And let's not forget that Sansa was quite young when she was married off.Arya may have joined Game of Thrones when she was young, but she's now a grown woman in real life, playing a teenage serial killer who's experienced quite a lot for someone her age. She was bound to want to experience love and sex as well, and she's doing it on her own accord, and on her own terms.The audience should grow with Arya in that regard.* * * The Waif theoryHowever, the most interesting detail coming out from this sex scene, aside from Gendry telling Arya who he is and teasing that he has a claim to the Iron Throne, is Arya's marks.The huge scars are proof to Gendry that she can fight and kill, and she's ready to deal with life-threatening events and survive. To the audience, they're a reminder of her past. The scars seem to be somewhat in line with Arya's wounds from season 6, when the Waif attempted to kill her:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQYoBvtEPWYArya somehow managed to save herself, survive those injuries, and ultimately kill the Waif:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6l9oS16S1IThat scene inspired a fan theory that said the Waif had actually taken Arya's face after killing the young Stark girl. By having the Waif posing as a Stark, the Faceless Men would have a potentially useful weapon on their hands. That theory seems to have been debunked once and for all last night.The scars might not match Arya's wounds perfectly, and that could be true, because we never got to see her injuries in the first place. We do know the Waif attacked her from the right side, although Arya was wearing plenty of clothes at the time. It's unclear, however, how much the Waif cut towards the right and under Arya's rib cage. Here's a reminder of Arya's recovery process:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6X8uQfG_Zb0On the other hand, the fact that Arya got intimate with someone for the first time might also be an indication that nobody is wearing her face. I mean, would a face still stay on while you get that close to someone?