Trump's social media summit to feature conservatives but not Facebook, Twitter


All Americans have the right to speak freely, not just supporters of one political party or another, President Donald Trump told social media platforms at a White House "summit" featuring mainly influencers who have supported him.

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".

The White House is hosting a so-called "social media summit today", which CNN points out will most likely be a forum for airing claims of social media bias against conservatives.

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

Trump said he has told his administration to look for regulations and legislation that could protect free speech - though he did not provide details on what measures were being discussed - and said he would summon major social firms to the White House for talks in coming weeks.

Trump has skewered Facebook, Google and Twitter for months on allegations that they're biased against conservatives, even accusing them of trying to rig the election.

The White House spokesman said about 130 people would attend, without providing a guest list. "The tech giants in two years did more to destroy Freedom of Speech than at any other time in USA history".

Senator Mark Warner, a Democrat, said that instead of focusing on "combating Russian social media misinformation, punishing anti-competitive practices, or protecting Americans' data and privacy, the president has invited trolls, conspiracy theorists, anti-Semites, and the whole comments section to the White House".

Trump also invited lawmakers including Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., and Sen.

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".

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.

This prompted laughter from the audience, which included many prominent right-wing social media activists. He also made light of the spelling mistakes he makes on the social media platform.

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.

"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 U.S. president.