President Trump Thursday will hold a “social media summit” at the White House to discuss Big Tech – namely Google, Facebook, and Twitter’s – biases against conservatives.
Who: President Trump and Big Tech.
What: “A big subject today at the White House Social Media Summit will be the tremendous dishonesty, bias, discrimination and suppression practiced by certain companies. We will not let them get away with it much longer,” he vowed on Twitter.
A big subject today at the White House Social Media Summit will be the tremendous dishonesty, bias, discrimination and suppression practiced by certain companies. We will not let them get away with it much longer. The Fake News Media will also be there, but for a limited period..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 11, 2019
“The Fake News is not as important, or as powerful, as Social Media. They have lost tremendous credibility since that day in November, 2016, that I came down the escalator with the person who was to become your future First Lady,” he continued in another Tweet.
When: Trump blasted the tech giants on Thursday.
Where: He used his omnipresent Twitter account to put Silicon Valley on notice.
Why It Matters: Nearly every influential conservative in the alternative media world has been censored or banned in some form by one, some, or all of the Big Tech companies. Figures like Laura Loomer, Alex Jones, Milo Yiannopoulos, Gavin McInnes, and Paul Jospeh Watson, all of whom garnered huge social media followings and supported Trump’s candidacy, have subsequently been censored online. Loomer, Watson, and Yiannopoulos, for example, were all banned from Facebook and Facebook-owned Instagram on the same day in early May, within minutes of one another. Jones has been banned from nearly every platform on the web.
If Trump hopes to enjoy the same level of support from alternative media in 2020 that he enjoyed in 2016, he must act quickly to make sure that the voices of his most influential supporters will be heard.
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