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Trump accuses Twitter of censorship at social media summit

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President Donald Trump hosted a free-wheeling meeting at the White House on Thursday where he once again accused social media companies like Twitter and Facebook of censoring him and conservative voices.

It was part of the first-ever White House social media summit, which took place on Thursday at the White House. Attendees included a variety of conservative commentators, activists, and fringe media personalities.

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Trump’s remarks largely focused on his repeated accusation that he’s being censored unfairly by social media companies like Twitter. There has been no evidence of any such censorship, and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey even visited the White House earlier this year to speak with the President directly about his accusations.

“There’s no doubt in my mind that I should have millions and millions of people … but I know that we’ve been blocked,” Trump said during the press conference. “People come up to me and say, ‘Sir I cannot follow you’ … They make it absolutely impossible.”

President Trump praised supporters during the White House social media summit, including the vloggers known as “Diamond and Silk.”
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Republican Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri, who has also railed against perceived social media bias against conservatives, was invited by Trump to speak at the event, as were conservative lawyer Harmeet Dhillon and anti-abortion activist Lila Rose.

Though the meeting was intended to focus on Trump’s accusations about conservative censorship on social media, the President spoke to a variety of different subjects: his coverage in the “fake news” media, his move to officially recognize the Golan Heights as part of Israel, and how the economy has responded to his administration’s policies.

Beyond Thursday’s meeting, Trump said he plans to meet with representatives of social media companies in the coming weeks.

“Based on the feedback that we’re hearing from you, I’m announcing that we will ask representatives of the major social media platforms to join me at the White House over the next month, have a big meeting and a real conversation,” Trump said.

Both Facebook and Twitter declined to comment on whether they will attend such a meeting.

Trump also announced intentions to explore “all regulatory and legislative solutions to protect free speech.” Check out the full video of Trump’s remarks below:

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