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- The White House is scheduled to host a social-media summit on Thursday it reportedly has said is meant to discuss “opportunities and challenges of today’s online environment.”
- But two of the biggest social-media companies, Facebook and Twitter, aren’t invited to the summit, CNN reported on Sunday.
- President Donald Trump has repeatedly accused social-media companies of being biased against Republicans, and reports have indicated that the US government may bring suits against Google, Facebook, and other big tech companies.
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The White House has scheduled a social-media summit for Thursday, but two of the biggest American social-media companies apparently won’t be in attendance.
Neither Facebook nor Twitter was invited, according to a CNN report Sunday that cited people familiar with the matter. Representatives for Facebook confirmed not being invited when reached for comment, but didn’t offer any other detail.
President Donald Trump has repeatedly criticized social-media giants like Twitter and Facebook. He accuses the companies of bias against Republicans and has specifically accused Twitter of stopping people from following him.
“I will tell you, they make it very hard for people to join me on Twitter, and they make it very much harder for me to get out the message. It’s incredible,” he said in a June interview with Fox Business Network. Twitter has denied that any change in Trump’s follower count is due to political bias, saying users’ follower counts may drop as it removes fake or automated accounts.
The White House has yet to announce which companies or people are expected to participate in the social-media summit, which CNN said had been billed as a place to discuss “opportunities and challenges of today’s online environment.”
The Washington Post reported last week, however, that a handful of conservative critics had been invited including the Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk and the nonprofit PragerU, which produces YouTube videos with a conservative perspective.
Twitter representatives declined to comment on the report, and the White House didn’t respond to a request for comment as of publishing.