Trump rips tech firms at 'free speech' summit

Evarado Alatorre
Julio 14, 2019

The White House on Thursday held a social media summit which gathered mostly conservative social media personalities.

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.

"This has the appearance not of a social media summit but a political rally and call for the right", said Democratic Sen.

Those who paid attention to the president's speech might have noticed his explanation for why the White House puts out few old-fashioned press releases any more: Trump is convinced they would get ignored by the media giving him hostile coverage.

Facebook said it had not been invited while Twitter and Reddit declined to comment.

Many representatives from major tech sites such as Google have spent time recently testifying before Congressional committees, where they have issued similar denials, while they continue to suppress conservatives and restrict dissenting opinions with impunity.

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

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"We're not going to be silenced", Trump said, complaining about fluctuations in the number of his Twitter followers.

Some of the conservatives that Trump consulted Thursday have adopted controversial tactics on social media - and even have been disciplined by Facebook, Google or Twitter for running afoul of their rules.

"Project Veritas can be synergistic with the Trump administration to pull back the curtain surrounding Big Tech", O'Keefe said in a statement. Kamala Harris by saying she is not an "American black" following the first Democratic presidential debates.

But Trump has no intention in the near future of abandoning Twitter for Parler or any other service, according to three people familiar with the matter. "We must do everything in our power to protect free speech, defend our data and (hash) STopthebias" he wrote on Twitter before the event. President Trump mentioned - in a tweet, for sure - that the event might possibly maybe maybe maybe be specializing in "dishonesty, bias, discrimination and suppression practiced by sure corporations".

But he said he would invite those companies in the coming weeks for "a big meeting and a real conversation" on the topic.

Most social media platforms have policies that punish hate speech, violent content, and other reprehensible practices. "We will not let them get away with it much longer", he added.

Trump, who regularly lashes out at the mainstream news media for their work which he brands as "fake news", made social media a key part of his 2016 run for office as well as his 2020 reelection campaign.

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