President Donald Trump is gathering conservative groups at the White House this week for a "summit" on social media that will prominently snub the tech titans who run big platforms on Facebook, Twitter and Google.
The White House also invited other online aficionados from conservative think tanks, like the Heritage Foundation.
Those who made the list include Trump pundit Bill Mitchell, Ryan Fournier, the 23-year-old chairman of grassroots group Students for Trump, and Charlie Kirk, the founder of conservative student group Turning Point USA.
Former House Speaker Paul Ryan in a new book says President Trump knows nearly nothing about government and had to constantly be prevented from making bad decisions.
Trump, who frequently slams social media, uses Twitter as a personal sounding board and to announce potential policy decisions.
The Computer & Communications Industry Association, a trade group whose members include Facebook and Google, said the White House event "seems created to intimidate companies to bias content in favor of whoever is calling the meeting".
"After receiving thousands of responses, the President wants to engage directly with these digital leaders in a discussion on the power of social media", Deere said.
Far-right activist Laura Loomer, one of Coleman's clients, voiced frustration on Parler because she was not invited.
It's a sharp contrast to earlier days in Trump's tenure when tech executives were occasional celebrity guests at the White House, serving as a fresh indication of the president's escalating battle with Big Tech. Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment on whether it would be present. He's hosting a social media summit on Thursday, and some of his biggest supporters on social media will attend.
In a statement posted online, Garrison acknowledged he had been disinvited by the White House after critics resurfaced the allegation, saying he was disappointed to no longer be included in the summit while denying that he promotes anti-Semitism. "I have received many emails of support from my Jewish friends".
We're not sure what to expect. Even so, that didn't stop users (who had been forced to go outside and breathe unfiltered air for an hour) from commenting on the sudden shutdown at length.
Compared to the general public, veterans as a whole were more enthusiastic about Trump's handling of the military. "Some of you guys are out there - but even you should have a voice", Trump said.
The meeting, expected to take place in the East Room of the White House, is expected to cover accusations that companies like Facebook, Google and Twitter treat conservatives unfairly. The president also claimed Americans come up to him and claim social media sites block them from following him. Republican lawmakers and conservative media personalities have for years lobbed claims of anti-conservative bias at Silicon Valley companies, whose employees tend to be largely left-leaning.
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