If anything was perceptible at the White House social media summit today, then it was President Donald Trump who plans to bring representatives of social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Google to the West Wing to transfer at some point in the future to talk to platform bias. When exactly? It's not clear.
Right-wing figures and meme makers, including Charlie Kirk, James O & # 39; Keefe, the pseudonym Carpe Donktum, and the infamous duo Diamond and Silk, all came to the White House to promote their argument that conservative views are censored on platforms for social media. For nearly an hour, the president worried about his follower numbers and Twitter engagement. In between the riffs, he announced plans to "invite the heads of social media companies to the White House in the course of the following month."
Twitter and Facebook refused to comment on the proposed meeting. Google has yet to respond The Verge & # 39; s request for comment.
The President's remarks show that meetings with representatives of social media will take place separately.
At the summit, posters were distributed throughout the White House with words such as & # 39; doxing & # 39 ;, & # 39; demonetization & # 39 ;, & # 39; shadow banning & # 39; and & # 39; deplatforming & # 39; for attendees, some of whom showed a series of unfortunate typos. The "doxing" definition that is spelled out in public as "publicly" and "demonetization" – a noun – was mistakenly classified as a verb.
At the end of the summit, Trump opened questions, but it seemed that this was only accessible to the right-wing figures who were invited. As a former assistant assistant to Trump, Sebastian Gorka asked the first question when journalists left the room and the live stream was cut.