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Twitter down ahead of USA social media summit

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Deanna Wagner | 14 July, 2019, 04:42

The remark came during a "social media summit" that Trump held at the White House on Thursday.

During Thursday's summit, Trump also crowed about how engagement on his tweets explodes "like a rocket" after he posts them - as opposed to more traditional White House press releases. 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.

A number of right or far-right figures, such as former Breitbart writer Milo Yiannopoulos and Vice Media co-founder Gavin McInnes, have been removed from social media platforms over the past few months.

Judging by the tweet Trump has pinned to the top of his Twitter account, the premise for the social media summit was Trump's concern about independent voices being censored by the major social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. Outside the gathering, Trump's aides appeared to line the hallways with poster boards calling attention to the tech industry's alleged tactics for suppressing conservatives' speech - along with at least one tweet from Trump himself calling him "the best" at using the service. "I can't follow you", he added.

During a 50-minute address, Trump reflected on some of his Twitter gaffes, bemoaning how they are jumped on by the media.

Trump in a March tweet accused Facebook, Google and Twitter of being "on the side of the Radical Left Democrats".

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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.

"Project Veritas can be synergistic with the Trump administration to pull back the curtain surrounding Big Tech", O'Keefe said in a statement online after receiving the invitation.

But Trump has no intention in the near future of abandoning Twitter for Parler or any other service, according to three people familiar with the matter.

"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 United States president. "We hope to see transparency, more accountability and more freedom". He also made light of the spelling mistakes he makes on the social media platform.

But he said he would invite those companies in the coming weeks for "a big meeting and a real conversation" on the topic.

"Social media sites may wish to allow many types of speech, but should not be required to stay neutral on hate or religious intolerance".