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Trump to examine anti-conservative 'dishonesty,' 'bias' among USA social media giants

Trump accuses social media companies of 'terrible bias' at summit decried by critics Trump vows to stop tech censorship ahead of White House social media summit
Patty Aguilar | 14 July, 2019, 04:39

In response, lawmakers on Capitol Hill have held hearings to criticize these moves and the White House launched a website that allows people to report allegations of political bias by social media companies.

The event underscores the escalating tensions between social media companies and prominent conservatives as tech giants begin cracking down on hate speech, violence and other content that violates their rules.

For most of the speech, however, he pointed to social media companies repeatedly deplatforming, suspending, shadowbanning or otherwise suppressing his supporters.

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

Trump in a March tweet accused Facebook, Google and Twitter of being "on the side of the Radical Left Democrats".

The odd guest list aside, the "summit" gets even weirder because, as far as anyone can tell, no one knows what is expected to be addressed at the meeting-even the attendees. Among them will be Jim Hoft of The Gateway Pundit, a site that's published right-wing conspiracy theories.

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.

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Trump a few times has threatened retaliatory action related to free speech. But the White House this week appeared to rescind its invitation, Garrison tweeted in a statement Wednesday, out of concern his presence would be a "media distraction from the president's message". Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., who have accused Twitter in the past of limiting the reach of their tweets.

"If I have a spelling deal, they will put it on", the president said, drawing laughs from the audience.

In an early morning series of tweets, Trump said that the focus of the conversation would be "the tremendous dishonesty, bias, discrimination and suppression practiced by certain companies", though he didn't mention any by name.

"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 United States president.

President Donald Trump met with prominent conservative social media figures at a White House forum. "It's a shame President Trump would prefer to fan the same fires of online social discord that Russian Federation sparked in the 2016 election rather than bring real experts together to address the issue of content moderation in a thoughtful and rational manner".

Numerous attendees have increasingly accused social media companies of attempting to hamper their growth and reach.

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