Donald Trump lashes out at social media firms as Twitter crashes

Donald Trump lashes out at social media firms as Twitter crashes

Interestingly, no representative from Twitter, Facebook or Google was invited to be part of the summit. "If I put it out on social media, it's like an explosion".

It became as soon as, as President Trump promised, a colossal and thrilling day on the White Dwelling for Social Media.

Follow Business Insider Australia on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram. Outside the gathering, Trump's aides appeared to line the hallways with poster boards calling attention to the tech industry's alleged tactics for suppressing conservatives' speech - along with at least one tweet from Trump himself calling him "the best" at using the service. He said he was directing his administration to "explore all legislative and regulatory solutions to protect free speech and the free speech of all Americans". Two of the people said Parler in particular isn't ready. However, a Twitter spokesperson told CNN they "couldn't know what we'd do in response to a hypothetical invite to a hypothetical meeting".

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.

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

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".

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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 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.

Elise Rhodes, a Parler spokeswoman, said that although the president did not mention the company directly, he "said he is interested in exploring other platforms that support free speech".

In a Twitter post fired off before the summit on Thursday, Trump said the "tremendous dishonesty, bias, discrimination and suppression practiced by certain companies" would be a key focus. "We will not let them get away with it much longer", he added.

This prompted laughter from the audience, which included many prominent right-wing social media activists.

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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