Trump Escalates Attacks on Social Media

Trump accuses social media companies of 'terrible bias' at summit decried by critics

Trump accuses social media companies of 'terrible bias' at summit decried by critics

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.

Trump has a following of about 62 million people on Twitter despite his claims that the company makes it hard for people to follow him. "If I put it out on social media, it's like an explosion".

Trump said he might invite some of the conservative social media users back to the White House for the meeting with major social media firms. To be fair any media that Trump has dismissed as "fake news" (most of it) did have fairly good reason to feel provoked if you look at the Trump Twitter thread below, send immediately in advance of the summit.

"The President said he's directing his administration to search for any regulatory or legislative action it can take to avoid censorship", the report mentioned.

The White House spokesman said about 130 people would attend, without providing a guest list.

It's not the first time social media giants have been accused of right-wing censorship.

Trump has repeatedly claimed that firms such as Facebook, Google and Twitter - who were not invited to the summit - discriminate against him and his supporters, even though his own Twitter account has almost 62 million followers. "We must do everything in our power to protect free speech, defend our data and (hash) STopthebias" he wrote on Twitter before the event.

The event is scheduled to kick off at 3 p.m. ET at the White House, according to an invite Hoft shared on Twitter.

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.

"No private company should be browbeaten by the government into giving a pass to objectionable content that violates company policies", CCIA president Ed Black said in a statement. But he and other Republicans have long claimed that online platforms employ tactics to silence their voices, allegations that major social media companies have denied.

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".

Trump also appeared to suggest social-media sites "would be driven out of business" once he leaves office in six years or more, acknowledging he had made a joke about exceeding presidential term limits.

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