Trump puts social media on notice after summit

President Trump is an avid social media user but he has also come down hard on Big Tech. He's hosting a social media summit on Thursday and some of his biggest supporters on social media will attend

President Trump is an avid social media user but he has also come down hard on Big Tech. He's hosting a social media summit on Thursday and some of his biggest supporters on social media will attend

Pro-Trump online personalities got together at what the White House billed as a gathering of "digital leaders" where invitees expect to discuss what they say is censorship on social media platforms. "If I put it out on social media, it's like an explosion".

"President Trump's social media summit is a ruse created to intimidate technology companies like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube into allowing bigoted and white nationalist hate content on their platforms", said Madihha Ahussain, Muslim Advocates' special counsel for anti-Muslim bigotry.

In his 50-minute address, Trump reflected on some of the spelling and punctuation mistakes he has made on Twitter, bemoaning how they are jumped on by the media.

Facebook said it had not been invited while Twitter and Reddit declined to comment. "Enforcing basic standards of decency on social media isn't censoring conservative speech".

Representative Kevin McCarthy, the top House Republican, said he was attending the event.

"Project Veritas can be synergistic with the Trump administration to pull back the curtain surrounding Big Tech", O'Keefe said in a statement.

Among other gaffes, Trump has also spelled the name of his wife wrong, mangled idioms like scot-free , and had his posts spell-checked by Captain America himself, Chris Evans .

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Initially, the White House had invited Ben Garrison, whose cartoons long have provoked the ire of groups including the Anti-Defamation League and Southern Poverty Law Center for including hateful imagery, including anti-Semitism.

The Internet Association, a trade group representing major tech firms like Facebook, Twitter and Google, said, "Internet companies are not biased against any political ideology, and conservative voices in particular have used social media to great effect".

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.

"That will be hard for President Trump to do without having the mega social media platforms there".

"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. Trump clearly believes there is a degree of political censorship on social media and not to his benefit.

"Social media sites may wish to allow many types of speech, but should not be required to stay neutral on hate or religious intolerance".

"We hardly do press releases anymore because if I put out on social media a statement, like I'm going to in a little while and something totally unrelated but a very important statement, now they're going insane", explained the U.S. president.

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