Donald Trump’s angry at Twitter, but not enough to quit tweeting

Lester Mason
July 14, 2019

The White House is to host a "social media summit" today, which President Trump promises will be "very big and very important".

During Thursday's summit, Trump also crowed about how engagement on his tweets explodes "like a rocket" after he posts them - as opposed to more traditional White House press releases.

Mr 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.

Judging by the tweet Trump has pinned to the top of his Twitter account, the premise for the social media summit was Trump's concern about independent voices being censored by the major social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

Mr Trump used the presentation to repeat accusations that Twitter was censoring him.

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

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.

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.

"Project Veritas can be synergistic with the Trump administration to pull back the curtain surrounding Big Tech", O'Keefe said in a statement online after receiving the invitation. Among them will be Jim Hoft of The Gateway Pundit, a site that's published right-wing conspiracy theories.

Trump a few times has threatened retaliatory action related to free speech.

Sen. Marsha Blackburn, a Republican from Tennessee, and Rep. Matt Gaetz, a Republican from Florida, were also invited to the summit, according to Politico.

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.

"People come up to me, saying "Sir, we want to follow you; they don't let us on", Trump told a gathering of conservatives and his far-right supporters.

Representatives from the nation's largest social media companies, like Twitter and Facebook.

If I put it out on social media, it's like an explosion: Fox, CNN, insane MSNBC.

Speaking to his supporters, Trump repeated his argument of political bias, claiming some activists were blocked or limited on social platforms.

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