Trump puts social media on notice after summit

Trump accuses social media companies of 'terrible bias' at summit decried by critics

President Trump is hosting a social media-focused summit at the White House on Thursday afternoon, which is expected to examine bias at some of the country's biggest technology companies.

The specifics of what was discussed are thin on the ground right now, but this is a clear shot across the bows of social media companies. "If I put it out on social media, it's like an explosion".

The technical problems come ahead of a social media summit at the White House later on Thursday.

Twitter and Facebook had no comment on the summit when contacted by FOX Business.

Trump and conservatives have been ramping up their criticism of big tech.

"The President said he's directing his administration to search for any regulatory or legislative action it can take to avoid censorship", the report mentioned. "We will not let them get away with it much longer", Trump said using the social media platform.

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

Trump has repeatedly claimed that firms such as Facebook, Google and Twitter - who were not invited to the summit - discriminate against him and his supporters, even though his own Twitter account has almost 62 million followers. Kamala Harris by saying she is not an "American black" following the first Democratic presidential debates.

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 .

CNN's complaints had already resulted in the White House disinviting Ben Garrison, a web cartoonist and Trump supporter. They were joined by organizations such as the Media Research Center, a conservative group that has called for the breakup of big tech companies, and PragerU, which produces right-leaning videos that it believes Google has censored - a matter the two sides are battling in court.

"It's not surprising that one of the loudest disseminators of misinformation is inviting known extremists and conspiracy theory peddlers to the White House social media summit", said Democratic Rep.

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.

"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 USA president.

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



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