Published: Sun, July 14, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Trump to examine anti-conservative 'dishonesty,' 'bias' among United States social media giants

Trump to examine anti-conservative 'dishonesty,' 'bias' among United States social media giants

In a sign that the feud between conservatives and the tech world is heating up, neither of those companies was invited to the event. Kamala Harris of California, a Democratic presidential candidate, is actually an "American black", and Jim Hoft, the Gateway Pundit founder who has always been faulted for spreading conspiracy theories online.

Trump added that CNN - a frequent target of his barbs - chooses to focus on his typos, such as the now-legendary "covfefe", a printout of which was on display at the White House for the event.

If I put it out on social media, it's like an explosion: Fox, CNN, insane MSNBC.

As the summit was about to begin on Thursday, Twitter went down for almost an hour.

All Americans have the right to speak freely, not just supporters of one political party or another, President Donald Trump told social media platforms at a White House "summit" featuring mainly influencers who have supported him. "We will not let them get away with it much longer". These tech giants have been under pressure to address a litany of online ills, including the rise of disinformation, three years after Russian agents spread falsehoods on social media during the 2016 election. They've banned far-right figures including InfoWars host Alex Jones, Milo Yiannopoulos and Laura Loomer.

Facebook, which confirmed it wasn't invited to the event earlier this week, declined to comment on Trump's remarks. The White House has yet to comment on Trump's assertion, so only time will tell if it will follow through with the meeting.

Speaking to his supporters, Trump repeated his argument of political bias, claiming some activists were blocked or limited on social platforms. Project Veritas has been accused of editing videos to twist what their subjects say, and of attempting to trick reporters at The Washington Post into pursuing a false story.

The Daily Beast reported that while a full, official invite list hasn't been released, known attendees include U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Florida; U.S. Sen. Various conservatives groups including the Heritage Foundation, Prager University and the Media Research Center got invites as well, according to The Washington Post.

Representatives from the nation's largest social media companies, like Twitter and Facebook.

President Donald Trump welcomed prominent conservative social media provocateurs to the White House on Thursday and said that along with himself, they are being treated unfairly by big tech firms, which he says suppress conservative voices.

Trump acknowledged criticism about the online behavior of some conservative users of social media. "Big tech must not censor the voices".

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