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Trump Slams Tech Titans, White House Announces Social Media Summit

June 27th 19__Kristin Houser__Filed Under: Future Society
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Going Off

During an interview with Fox Business Network on Wednesday morning, U.S. President Donald Trump blasted several of the biggest tech companies in the world, arguing that they’re all run by Democrats and biased against conservatives.

Roughly four hours later, the White House announced plans to host a social media summit on July 11, meaning Trump is presumably just a few weeks away from having the opportunity to share his criticisms with tech companies directly — if any of them agree to show up.

Cold Shoulder

White House spokesperson Judd Deere told CNBC via a statement that the purpose of the summit is to “bring together digital leaders for a robust conversation on the opportunities and challenges of today’s online environment.”

Deere didn’t mention who those digital leaders will be, but it’s hard to imagine hosting a tech summit and not inviting Facebook, Twitter, and Google.

However, both Facebook and Twitter declined Politico’s request for comment on the summit, while Google didn’t immediately respond to it.

Perhaps the chilly reception to the invitation has something to do with Trump telling Fox just hours earlier that Twitter purposefully tries to stifle his message and that the U.S. government should sue Google and Facebook.

READ MORE: White House plans new social media summit as Congress raises questions [Reuters]

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