Trump v. Big Tech: Social media summit will snub tech titans

Trump v. Big Tech: Social media summit will snub tech titans

President Trump on Thursday will hold a "Social Media Summit" at the White House, where he will meet his prominent online personalities and vent his frustrations with big-tech companies allegedly squelching conservative voices, according to reports.

"A big subject today at the White House Social Media Summit will be the tremendous dishonesty, bias, discrimination and suppression practiced by certain companies", Trump tweeted. He made that prediction based on his belief that they will "quickly go out of business for lack of credibility, or approval, from the public" when "I ultimately leave office in six years or maybe 10 or 14 (just kidding)".

Mr Trump has accused large technology platforms such as Alphabet Inc.'s Google, Facebook and Twitter of anti-conservative bias and last month said the USA government should sue Facebook and Google for unspecified wrongdoing. Representatives from tech giants like Google, Facebook and Twitter were not invited to the event.

All of the three companies had declined allegations of political biasness, however, on Monday (July 8th), Facebook had told in an emailed statement that it had not received any invitation, while Twitter declined to comment whether it had received an invitation.


The White House is hosting what it's calling a "social media summit" on Thursday, but the event won't include any social media companies. While some company executives may lean liberal, they have long asserted that their products are without political bias. Streets and sidewalks along the National Mall also flooded, as did the White House basement.

Tim Pool, a YouTube video journalist, said in a video he was also invited.

President Donald Trump can now breathe a sigh of relief.

Some shoppers are threatening to jump ship from Home Depot after it was discovered that one of its co-founders donated $7 million to groups supporting Donald Trump's presidential run in 2016, and he reportedly plans to do it again in 2020. "We are constantly working to improve our systems and will continue to be transparent in our efforts".


Digital rights activists and others warned that removing the protection - codified as Section 230 of a 1996 law - could undermine free speech protections and harm the internet ecosystem.

Pew researchers said the stark partisan divide mirrored the findings of a similar survey in 2011, which found Democratic-leaning veterans were overwhelmingly supportive of former President Barack Obama while Republican-leaning veterans overwhelmingly disapproved of Obama's performance.

A growing number of lawmakers and some Democratic presidential candidates are talking about tighter regulation of a customarily freewheeling industry or even breaking up the big companies.

U.S. politicians, led by Trump, have increasingly used social media to try to woo voters directly.


"Social media sites may wish to allow many types of speech, but should not be required to stay neutral on hate or religious intolerance. And I always say I want crystal clean water and air", Trump said last month in Ireland, adding, "We're setting records, environmentally".

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