Donald Trump lashes out at social media firms as Twitter crashes

President Trump is an avid social media user but he has also come down hard on Big Tech. He's hosting a social media summit on Thursday and some of his biggest supporters on social media will attend

President Trump is an avid social media user but he has also come down hard on Big Tech. He's hosting a social media summit on Thursday and some of his biggest supporters on social media will attend

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. Our constitutional rights must be fiercely protected and today I'm directing my administration to explore regulatory and legislative solutions to protect free speech and the free speech rights of all Americans.

However, despite the alleged importance of this event, the White House has apparently failed to invite the largest social media companies to it. Various media reports over the last few days indicate Facebook, Twitter, and Google have not been invited to the summit despite the companies having control over the largest social media platforms on the planet.

Numerous attendees have increasingly accused social media companies of attempting to hamper their growth and reach. In doing so, the president also sought to rally his widely followed online allies, whom he described as "journalists and influencers" that together can reach roughly half a billion people, entering the 2020 presidential election. "If I put it out on social media, it's like an explosion". "The crap you think of is unbelievable", Trump said. Facebook, Twitter and Google have repeatedly denied these accusations.

"The fact that some of the most extreme voices on social media are coming to the White House, and they get a forum to complain about how often they're retweeted, and that the actual platform companies aren't even invited, smacks of the absurd". "We must do everything in our power to protect free speech, defend our data and (hash) STopthebias" he wrote on Twitter before the event.

CNN's complaints had already resulted in the White House disinviting Ben Garrison, a web cartoonist and Trump supporter.

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Many representatives from major tech sites such as Google have spent time recently testifying before Congressional committees, where they have issued similar denials, while they continue to suppress conservatives and restrict dissenting opinions with impunity.

The Daily Beast reported that while a full, official invite list hasn't been released, known attendees include U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Florida; U.S. Sen. The Fake News Media will also be there, but for a limited period ...

Unfortunately, social media companies don't always do a good job of explaining why users were banned.

According to Reuters, the president said he would "be calling a big meeting of the companies in a week or two - they have to be here". We have seen no public response from any of the social media giants and they would be wise to do so with care. However Trump was interrupted during his address by a fly, which he admitted he doesn't like.

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