What to expect at Trump's "social media summit" today

Remigio Civitarese
Luglio 14, 2019

"This is largely, I think, a political event", said Michael Beckerman, the president of the Internet Association, a Washington-based trade group that represents Facebook, Google and other tech giants.

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.

Twitter and Facebook had no comment on the summit when contacted by FOX Business.

The White House has repeatedly declined to release a list people it expects to attend, but some of the recipients have turned to social media to boast about being invited.

Another attendee of the White House's social media summit will be James O'Keefe, the founder and CEO of Project Veritas, a conservative news outlet whose hidden-camera videos are popular on YouTube.

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". President Trump mentioned - in a tweet, for sure - that the event might possibly maybe maybe maybe be specializing in "dishonesty, bias, discrimination and suppression practiced by sure corporations". "We will not let them get away with it much longer".

The American president revealed his plans at what he described as a "social media summit" in Washington, to which he invited right-wing social media influencers and politicians but failed to extend the bidding to any social media company representatives.

President Donald Trump met with prominent conservative social media figures at a White House forum.

Trump has made some famous Twitter blunders since taking office in 2017, the most notorious of which was him appearing to mistype the word "coverage" in a tweet two years ago.

The White House recently launched a new tool for people to report if they have been wrongly censored, banned or suspended on Facebook and Twitter.

"After receiving thousands of responses, the president wants to engage directly with these digital leaders in a discussion on the power of social media", said White House spokesman Judd Deere. Mr Trump was due to deliver remarks on Thursday afternoon after the event.

Speaking to his supporters, Trump repeated his argument of political bias, claiming some activists were blocked or limited on social platforms.

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