With his "White House Social Media Summit" just hours away, President Donald Trump is pulling out the usual roster of twitter bugaboos, amping up the rhetoric, joking about staying in office beyond his term, and crudely insulting the physical appearance of Elizabeth Warren (and no, he didn't neglect his stand-by racist nickname for her).
While the summit will include right-wing media personalities and people from conservative think tanks, it will not include representatives from the major social media companies.
President Donald Trump says big tech companies must not be allowed to censor the voices of the American people on social media.
At a White House social media "summit", Trump excluded internet firms from the gathering of conservative activists who have been curbed on social media.
Facebook said it had not been invited while Twitter and Reddit declined to comment.
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.
Another attendee of the White House's social media summit will be James O'Keefe, the founder and CEO of Project Veritas, a conservative news outlet whose hidden-camera videos are popular on YouTube.
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"Some of you guys are out there", he told them.
'The government shouldn't require-or coerce-intermediaries to remove constitutionally protected speech that the government can not prohibit directly...' In a sign that the feud between conservatives and the tech world is heating up, neither of those companies was invited to the event. At the same time he seems to value social media as a counterbalance to the mainstream media, most of which he has been at war with for years.
Trump acknowledged criticism about the online behavior of some conservative users of social media.
The conference gives Trump a chance to energize online bloggers and Twitter users who have rallied behind his presidency as he seeks re-election.
The event is scheduled to kick off at 3 p.m. ET at the White House, according to an invite Hoft shared on Twitter. We'll have more about that when it becomes available. 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".
Lawmakers bristled at the summit: Many said that the Trump administration had missed an opportunity to explore real challenges facing social media ahead of the 2020 election, amid heightened fears about the spread of hate speech and even harder-to-detect viral falsehoods.