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    Default Trump Hosts "Social Media Summit" At White House

    Trump held a "social media summit" at the White House. You'd think, with something like that, that the serious players in social media high-ups from Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, etc. would be on the invite list, wouldn't you? Not in the Donald's world. He invited the right-wing nutter fringe instead:

    https://www.cnn.com/2019/07/10/tech/...mit/index.html

    New York (CNN Business) A conspiracy theorist, a meme creator and a plagiarist. Those are just some of the eyebrow raising attendees who will descend on the White House on Thursday for an event that will likely become a forum for airing claims of anti-conservative social media bias.

    President Trump is calling it a "social media summit," but the White House did not extend invites to representatives from Facebook or Twitter. Instead, the White House has invited its political allies to the event.

    In addition to inviting leaders from traditional conservative think tanks, such as the Heritage Foundation and Claremont Institute, the White House has requested the presence of far-right internet personalities and trolls, some of whom have pushed conspiracy theories, lies and misinformation.

    It's perhaps the clearest example yet of President Trump legitimizing fringe political allies.

    The White House has repeatedly declined to release a list people it expects to attend, but some of the recipients have turned to social media to boast about being invited.

    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. Kamala Harris by saying she is not an "American black" following the first Democratic presidential debates.

    Other eyebrow raising attendees include James O'Keefe, the guerrilla journalist whose group Project Veritas tried to trick reporters at the Washington Post by planting a source who told the paper that she had been impregnated as a teenager by failed Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore; Charlie Kirk, the founder of the right-wing student group Turning Point USA who sometimes posts misleading information on social media; and Benny Johnson, the journalist-turned-activist who was fired for plagiarism by BuzzFeed and demoted at the Independent Journal Review for violating company standards.

    Asked about the unconventional resumes of the people invited to the summit, the White House declined to comment beyond a statement released Tuesday. That statement, from spokesman Judd Deere, referenced an online tool the White House released in May for people to report instances of perceived social media bias.

    "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 in the statement.

    At least one of the individuals invited proved to be too far off in the fringe even for the White House. An administration official told CNN on Wednesday that the White House had rescinded its invitation to cartoonist Ben Garrison, who had drawn a cartoon widely condemned as anti-Semitic.
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    Default Re: Trump Hosts "Social Media Summit" At White House

    Did BS and Geng get an invite?

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    Default Re: Trump Hosts "Social Media Summit" At White House

    Really?


    Carefull there……..

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    Default Re: Trump Hosts "Social Media Summit" At White House

    It's not a party without Alex Jones....

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