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President Trump is hosting what the White House is calling a “social media summit” Thursday afternoon with conservative guests that’s largely closed to the press. Representatives from tech giants like Google, Facebook and Twitter have not been invited.
Mr. Trump indicated on Twitter that the event will largely be an airing of grievances against those companies over what some conservatives claim is bias against them. The White House released a list of attendees but only included government officials — not any of the other guests, including controversial guests, invited and in attendance. Among the invited guests Thursday are Turning Point USA’s Charlie Kirk, pundit Ben Shapiro, Florida GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz, Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe and other outspoken hardline conservative icons.
“A big subject today at the White House Social Media Summit will be the tremendous dishonesty, bias, discrimination and suppression practiced by certain companies,” Mr. Trump tweeted. “We will not let them get away with it much longer.”
It’s unclear if the president intends to impose stricter regulations on tech companies, but a handful of Republicans have called for more government intervention to make sure social media companies don’t censor speech — a shift from past Republican stances against further government intervention in companies.
After he addresses the social media conference, the president will hold a. As CBS News has reported, the president will announce he’s taking an executive action related to the citizenship question and the 2020 census.
Sara Cook contributed to this report.