Facebook Inc, Twitter Inc and Alphabet Inc's Google declined to comment on Trump's announcement that he would bring them to the White House for a meeting. To be fair any media that Trump has dismissed as "fake news" (most of it) did have fairly good reason to feel provoked if you look at the Trump Twitter thread below, send immediately in advance of the summit. No tech representatives were invited to the summit but the president added he plans to hold a meeting for major social media platforms later this month.
President Donald Trump welcomed prominent conservative social media provocateurs to the White House on Thursday and said that along with himself, they are being treated unfairly by big tech firms, which he says suppress conservative voices. In March, for example, he said the companies had engaged in "collusion" and worked in opposition to a "certain group of people that happen to be in power, that happen to have won the election". "I can't follow you", he added.
Some of the conservatives that Trump consulted Thursday have adopted controversial tactics on social media - and even have been disciplined by Facebook, Google or Twitter for running afoul of their rules.
Trump, a frequent Twitter user who has more than 60 million followers on that service, nonetheless renewed his complaint over "terrible bias" on social media, and vowed a response.
Trump praised numerous participants and noticed the videos and images they created in support of the president.
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Among them are Bill Mitchell, a radio host who has promoted the extremist QAnon conspiracy theory on Twitter; Carpe Donktum, an anonymous troll who won a contest put on by the fringe media organization InfoWars for an anti-media meme; and Ali Alexander, an activist who attempted to smear Sen. He sensationally claimed, without evidence, that Twitter was preventing people from following him.
"We hardly do press releases anymore because if I put out on social media a statement, like I'm going to in a little while and something totally unrelated but a very important statement, now they're going insane", explained the USA president.
Trump also appeared to suggest social-media sites "would be driven out of business" once he leaves office in six years or more, acknowledging he had made a joke about exceeding presidential term limits. "The tech giants in two years did more to destroy Freedom of Speech than at any other time in USA history".
According to Reuters, the president said he would "be calling a big meeting of the companies in a week or two - they have to be here".
This prompted laughter from the audience, which included many prominent right-wing social media activists.