During the summit, Trump repeatedly bragged about his large Twitter following. "If I put it out on social media, it's like an explosion".
"The fact that some of the most extreme voices on social media are coming to the White House, and they get a forum to complain about how often they're retweeted, and that the actual platform companies aren't even invited, smacks of the absurd".
Trump acknowledged criticism about the online behavior of some conservative users of social media.
And Trump threatened additional scrutiny to come, promising to bring big tech companies to Washington for an upcoming meeting while directing federal agencies to explore "all regulatory and legislative solutions to protect free speech".More news: Earthquake shakes Puget Sound; no damage reported
The White House spokesman said about 130 people would attend, without providing a guest list. We can't suppose for obvious, but President Trump with out a doubt spent a astronomical phase of his tackle on one topic: how his tweets don't pop off love they light to. Despite his prevalent use of Twitter, Trump surmised he would have probably become president even without using it.
"Project Veritas can be synergistic with the Trump administration to pull back the curtain surrounding Big Tech", O'Keefe said in a statement online after receiving the invitation. Kamala Harris by saying she is not an "American black" following the first Democratic presidential debates.
Regardless of the rhetoric, the decisions of the sites to use their own judgment to suppress the free speech of some but not others justifies greater scrutiny as to whether they, like other broadcast mediums that are classified as public utilities, warrant more oversight of their own.
Senator Mark Warner, a Democrat, said that instead of focusing on "combating Russian social media misinformation, punishing anti-competitive practices, or protecting Americans' data and privacy, the president has invited trolls, conspiracy theorists, anti-Semites, and the whole comments section to the White House".More news: Angela Merkel opts to sit at ceremony after third bout of shaking
The US president also said that social media allows "journalists and influencers" to bypass the "fake news filter".
Sen. Marsha Blackburn, a Republican from Tennessee, and Rep. Matt Gaetz, a Republican from Florida, were also invited to the summit, according to Politico. Three tech officials said they had no knowledge of the meeting before Trump announced it.
"A big subject today at the White House Social Media Summit will be the tremendous dishonesty, bias, discrimination and suppression practiced (sic) by certain companies", the president wrote. "We will not let them get away with it much longer".More news: Nigeria’s Rohr wary of much improved Algeria
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