Trump’s White House Summit will Tackle Anti-Conservative Bias by Tech Giants, Social Media Platforms, Fake News Media

  • President Trump’s White House social media summit on Thursday will bring together like-minded online personalities who will talk about censorship across social media, including a perceived right-wing bias.
  • Trump is known for his prolific use of Twitter but often criticizes the social media platform, along with others for censoring him and other right-wing personalities in what he calls anti-conservative bias.
  • The summit will further highlight the president’s war against big tech and social media companies like Twitter, Google and Facebook.
  • According to reports, Trump has claimed in the absence of evidence “that the companies are against me.” Trump has “even suggested U.S. regulators should sue them on grounds of anti-conservative bias.”
  • Due to privacy breaches and better protection for users, “regulators at the Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission are pursuing antitrust investigations of Facebook, Google, Apple and Amazon.”
  • By holding the summit, there’s speculation that Trump will use the event “to signal tough actions ahead by his administration against big tech companies in the areas of competition and privacy.”
  • Ahead of the summit, Trump has accused the companies of “tremendous dishonesty, bias, discrimination and suppression.”
  • On Thursday morning, Trump tweeted: “We will not let them get away with it much longer. The Fake News Media will also be there, but for a limited period. The Fake News is not as important, or as powerful, as Social Media. They have lost tremendous credibility.”
  • Going on a large tweet storm in a matter of hours, Trump later deleted and edited some of his morning tweets.
  • According to reports, some of the summit’s participants are expected to be conservative organizations like “Turning Point USA, a nonprofit; PragerU, short for Prager University, which puts out short videos with a conservative perspective on politics and economics; the Media Research Center and the Heritage Foundation, a Washington think tank.”
  • There are some conservatives who don’t agree with the summit and said “the White House didn’t invite anybody who was actually booted off a social media platform for their views.”
  • A conservative journalist tweeted: “Have any of the people who got invited to the social media summit actually been censored by social media? My invite must have got lost in the post.”
  • No social media executives are expected to participate in the summit.

Reference Links

  • RT: ‘Fake news less important than social media,’ says Trump ahead of WH social media summit READ
  • CBN News: Trump Hosts Social Media Summit to Tackle ‘Tremendous Dishonesty, Bias, Discrimination’ READ
  • The Week: Trump has completely changed his tune on social media READ
  • AP News: Trump shows love-hate for social media as he leads ‘summit’ READ

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