Donald Trump shows love-hate for social networks while leading summit

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump , who has armed social networks to eviscerate opponents and promote himself, was convening a conference at the White House on Thursday by critics of Big Tech, excluding in particular the representatives of the same platforms that it exploits.

The meeting represented an escalation of its battle with companies like Facebook, Google and even your preferred communications output. The president has stated, without proof, that the companies are against me and even suggested that the US regulators. UU They should sue them for reasons of anti-conservative prejudice.

The White House high-profile event raised the possibility that Trump would use the forum to point out harsh actions by his administration against large technology companies in the areas of competition and privacy.

The companies already are under closer scrutiny than ever by regulators and in Congress following a wave of scandals including Facebook's lapses opening of the personal data of millions of users to Trump's 2016 campaign, and a bipartisan push for new data privacy legislation has emerged in Congress. Regulators at the Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission are pursuing antitrust investigations of Facebook, Google, Apple and Amazon. Trump's volley of Twitter messages Thursday had familiar targets - certain companies, the press and his Democratic rivals - that have proven resonance with his political base.

The president predicted, without foundation, the disappearance of the press and social media platforms if he loses to a Democrat in 2020. He described himself as so brilliant and intelligent, a real genius of the stables! A major theme of the summit would be the tremendous dishonesty, bias, discrimination and suppression practiced by certain companies, Trump said in his tweets.

We will not let them get away with it much longer, he said.

Among the conservative organizations expected to participate in the White House meeting are Turning Point USA, a non-profit organization; PragerU, short for Prager University, which publishes short videos with a conservative perspective on politics and economics; the Center for Media Research and the Heritage Foundation, a group of experts from Washington.

The accusations commonly made by conservatives against social media platforms include antireligious prejudices, an inclination against the enemies of abortion and censorship of conservative political views.

Trump has made it a priority to reach voters who oppose abortion. Anti-abortion groups Live Action and Susan B. Anthony List say Twitter has blocked their advertising.

By policy, Twitter prohibits paid ads with content that is inflammatory or provocative and is likely to cause a strong negative reaction.

Donald Trump Jr. weighed in on the subject Wednesday, tweeting: Twitter: We will not allow pro-life groups like @LiveAction to run ads on our 'platform' u0026 if you're a conservative we could ban you for 1st Amendment protected speech that we arbitrarily deem 'offensive.' While some Silicon Valley company executives may be liberal, they have asserted that their products are without political bias.

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