Trump lashes out at social media firms as Twitter crashes

14 Juillet, 2019, 04:01 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
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In freewheeling remarks that bounced from one topic to another - not unlike his Twitter feed followed by more than 61 million people - Trump talked about the power of social media, and railed against the traditional media standing at the back of the room. 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".

Trump invited conservative activists who have been curbed or banned on social media to press his argument that big social networks are discriminating against conservatives, notwithstanding his large online presence, including almost 62 million Twitter followers.

The tool comes in the wake of several Republicans slamming Facebook and Twitter for censoring conservative speech on both the platforms.

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

"Together you reach more people than any television broadcast network by far".

"The crap you think of is unbelievable", he said.

Facebook said it had not been invited while Twitter and Reddit declined to comment.

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Donald Trump has announced plans to meet executives on major social media firms at the Whitehouse. "The tech giants in two years did more to destroy Freedom of Speech than at any other time in U.S. history".

Right-wing cartoonist Ben Garrison was invited, but did not attend.

He also noted that the "Fake News Media" is not as powerful as social media companies, who, he said, will go out of business in the coming years due to lack of credibility and approval from the public.

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. They were joined by organizations such as the Media Research Center, a conservative group that has called for the breakup of big tech companies, and PragerU, which produces right-leaning videos that it believes Google has censored - a matter the two sides are battling in court.

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

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. "It's a shame President Trump would prefer to fan the same fires of online social discord that Russian Federation sparked in the 2016 election rather than bring real experts together to address the issue of content moderation in a thoughtful and rational manner".


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