According to multiple Monday reports, Big Tech giants Twitter and Facebook have not been invited to President Donald J. Trump’s July 11 social media summit at The White House.
“PragerU and Turning Point USA’s Charlie Kirk have apparently received invites to the event,” TechCrunch said. “There will, however, be some key names missing from the invite list — including, notably, the social media companies themselves.”
The two tech giants – who have been accused of purposefully shutting down conservative speech on their platforms – will likely be a major topic of discussion. When confronted about their alleged biases, Big Tech platforms often deny holding any political viewpoints.
Others conspicuously left off the invitation list include Laura Loomer, who was banned from nearly every social media platform, most notably Twitter, whom she is suing alongside the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) over the deplatforming. Loomer had more than 260,000 followers before her ban. Rumors swirled Sunday that One America News’ Jack Posobiec had been invited to the event, but that his invitation was revoked.
Trump has often criticized social media giants for their anti-conservative bias, including in a recent interview with Fox News host Tucker Carlson. He bashed Google and Facebook specifically in a Fox Business interview.
“Look, we should be suing Google and Facebook and all that, which, perhaps we will,” he told Fox Business during a phone interview.
“What they did to me on Twitter’s incredible,” he continued. “I have millions and millions of followers, but I will tell you they make it very hard for people to join me on Twitter. If I announced tomorrow that I’m going to become a nice liberal Democrat, I would pick up five times more followers.”
Over the weekend, conservative influencers gathered in Washington, D.C. to protest censorship at the Demand Free Speech rally. Loomer was in attendance, and gave an interview to One America News’ Neil McCabe.
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“I’ve been banned on every single social media platform, and essentially de-platformed, or as the left likes to call it, ‘getting canceled,’” she continued. “I had a pretty good security detail today because people were threatening to shoot me and throw acid in my face, so I pretty much was driven in, got up on stage, gave my talk, and left. But I did see Antifa in the back.”
Members of the loosely affiliated, radical far-left group Antifa showed up to protest the event. They were dressed in their usual faux tough guy black clad look, and spent most of the day yelling into the abyss.
“Unlike the Portland police, the police here in Washington, D.C. actually did a pretty great job protecting conservatives from Antifa,” Loomer said. “Antifa has thrown drinks on me, Antifa has assaulted me, but today I saw Antifa online – they were taking the newspaper stands and tables from restaurants outside and throwing them into the street.”
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