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PoliticsTrump rails against 'terrible bias' at social media summit

01:40  12 july  2019
01:40  12 july  2019 Source:   thehill.com

Facebook and Twitter not invited to White House social media summit, sources say

Facebook and Twitter not invited to White House social media summit, sources say The White House has not extended invitations to Facebook and Twitter to attend its social media summit on Thursday, people familiar with the matter said. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); The people, who spoke to CNN Business on the condition of anonymity, suggested it was not surprising. They said they believe the summit would amount to a right-wing grievance session and was not aimed at seriously discussing some of the issues facing large technology companies.

Because no stakeholders from the social media companies being criticized were invited to the event, it amounts to “more of a press conference than Muslim Advocates said it is encouraging social media platforms to ignore the summit on Thursday and instead focus on their content moderation strategies.

Donald Trump ’s so-called “ Social Media Summit ” was announced in late June amid unsubstantiated but persistent allegations by the president that major social media platforms are biased against members of the Republican party.

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President Trump on Thursday denounced the world's top social media companies as being biased against him and his supporters and pledged that his administration will be exploring "regulatory and legislative solutions" to protect free speech online.

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Trump made social media a key part of his 2016 presidential campaign 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. When Trump , who has more than 61 million Twitter followers

Trump tweeted Thursday morning against social media companies, the press and his Democratic rivals, while calling himself “so great looking and smart, a true Stable Genius!” Trump says a “big subject’ of Thursday’s summit “will be the tremendous dishonesty, bias

"We have terrible bias, we have censorship like nobody has any understanding or nobody can believe," he said.

Trump's remarks came at the White House's controversial "social media summit," which drew about 250 attendees including top administration officials and a crowd of right-wing social media personalities. The president announced that he will be convening a meeting of the companies at the White House next week over concerns that they routinely censor right-wing perspectives.

"We're going to be calling a big meeting for the companies, they have to be here," Trump said, adding that he'll be inviting Republican and Democratic members of Congress to join.

The White House's escalating campaign will add to the troubles of tech companies, which have spent years denying claims of political bias as unfounded and unfair. Facebook, Twitter and Google - none of whom were invited to the summit, which featured ample talk of bias and the unparalleled power of Big Tech - all declined to comment on the meeting.

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Trump tweeted against social media companies, the press and his Democratic rivals, while calling himself “so great looking and smart, a true Stable Genius!” Trump says a “big subject’ of the summit “will be the tremendous dishonesty, bias , discrimination and suppression practiced by certain”

How Trump 's planned social media gathering shakes out still remains to be seen—but the president's critics are unsurprisingly not thrilled the event is taking place at all. “There is zero evidence that social media companies are biased against conservatives,” Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden said in a statement.

Trump's social media summit incited pushback and controversy even before it kicked off, as Democrats and leading tech groups greeted it with criticism and skepticism.

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The event itself featured panels and discussions followed by a long and winding speech from Trump, which came off as a campaign speech at certain points as he touted his administration's economic and trade accomplishments. The president spent the bulk of the speech boasting about his own prolific social media following -- he has hundreds of millions of followers across multiple platforms and regularly takes to Twitter to break news and insult his foes.

Trump also acknowledged that social media has been a boon to him on the campaign trail and in the Oval Office, saying press releases rarely get pickup on their own but "if I put it out on social media, it's like an explosion" and noting that he's watched his follower count tick up.

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The Cleverness of Trump ’s “ Social Media Summit ”. The president can’t actually crack down on Those challenges include a perceived anti -conservative bias on the part of internet companies that If Trump were to take aim at social media sites, he’d be advocating for chiseling away at that immunity

Trump made social media a key part of his 2016 presidential campaign 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. When Trump , who has more than 61 million Twitter followers

But Trump focused his criticism on the accusations of bias. The summit was only the latest development in an ongoing crusade from Trump and other top Republicans over allegations that companies like Facebook, Google, Twitter and YouTube intentionally discriminate against them and their views.

Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), one of the leading Republican tech critics on Capitol Hill, spoke at the summit, alluding to his bill that would require the companies to submit to audits proving they are politically unbiased in order to receive protection from tech's legal shield, Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.

"Google, Facebook, Twitter, they've gotten these special deals from government," Hawley said. "They're treated unlikely anyone else. If they want to keep their special deal, here's the bargain: they have to stop discriminating against conservatives."

The summit featured an array of lawmakers who railed against Big Tech, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) and Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.).

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Now, Trump regularly accuses the big social media platforms of suppressing conservative voices. He has suggested the companies may be acting illegally and should be sued by U.S. regulators. Trump and some supporters have long accused Silicon Valley companies of being biased against them.

“I think the White House social media summit is an opportunity to say thank you for the community that has been at the president’s side these last three And a number of Trump -supporting internet figures were barred by Facebook and Instagram this year for violating its policy against “dangerous

Blackburn at the event announced she will be leading a tech task force focused on social media censorship on the Senate Judiciary Committee, her office confirmed to The Hill.

Administration officials in attendance included Treasury Secretary Steve Mnchuin and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.

Critics blasted the summit throughout the day over its controversial guest list, which included a conservative radio show host known for promoting the QAnon conspiracy theory and right-wing personality Ali Alexander who recently incited a firestorm over a post in which he accused Democratic presidential contender Kamala Harris of not being an "American black."

Trump joked that some of the attendees were "out there," but said even they "should have a voice." He referred to the crowd as "online journalists and influencers."

"You're challenging the media gatekeepers and the corporate censors to bring the facts straight to the American people and that's what you're doing," Trump said.

Trump also praised some of the attendees, who have supported his presidency on social media.

"Some of you are extraordinary. Can't say everybody. No, but some of you are extraordinary," Trump said. "The crap you think of is unbelievable."

But civil rights groups pointed out that many of the top attendees have been accused of spreading misinformation and hate online.

Trump’s Social Media Summit Brings Fringe Voices to White House

Trump’s Social Media Summit Brings Fringe Voices to White House The White House is holding a social media summit on Thursday that’s short on social media companies and long on fringe conservative voices.

Trump tweeted Thursday morning against social media companies, the press and his Democratic rivals, while calling himself "so great looking Trump says a "big subject' of Thursday's summit "will be the tremendous dishonesty, bias , discrimination and suppression practiced by certain" companies.

Trump says today's White House social media summit will focus on what he calls the 'dishonesty, bias , discrimination and suppression' practiced by He has repeatedly accused social media service companies like Facebook and Twitter of bias against him and his supporters, and the White House

"I see this summit as a propaganda tool to pressure social media companies to allow hate, racism, xenophobia and religious bigotry, homophobia, to run wild," Jessica González, the founder of the Change the Terms coalition, which has pressured social media companies to take a stand against bigoted and extremist content online, told The Hill in a phone interview.

Media Matters, a left-wing media watchdog group, in a statement said conservative bias claims were an attempt to "game the refs."

"If the Trump Administration wanted to hold tech companies to account they could pressure them to better protect Americans from foreign interference, misinformation, and hate speech," Cristina López G., the deputy director for extremism at Media Matters, said in a statement. "Instead, they've chosen to focus on claims of supposed bias against conservatives that have no basis in fact."

Whether the bias claims can be substantiated or not, the summit was a clear red flag for companies like Google, Twitter and Facebook, which have been trying to navigate dueling pressures from progressives who want them to crack down on hate speech and Republicans who want them to take less action against any online speech.

Crenshaw told The Hill that he believes the companies should protect all speech except when it "incites violence directly."

Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have taken stronger actions against white supremacist and extremist content online over the past few months.

Twitter just last week announced it would ban any speech that "dehumanizes" religious groups, saying it hopes to open that up to other protected classes in the future. Facebook recently banned a slew of controversial figures, including some on the right, they determined to be "dangerous." And YouTube has been working to reduce the distribution of videos that spread misinformation and bigotry.

But it will be an increasingly difficult battle to wage as Trump steps up his assault on those companies.

"Big tech must not censor the voices of the American people," Trump said.

Online conservatives expect to vent social media frustrations at White House summit.
Pro-Trump online personalities are gathering at what the White House billed as an event for "digital leaders."

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