Trump's Far-Right Internet Trolls "Summit"

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BY SARAH SILBIGER/BLOOMBERG/GETTY IMAGES.



President Donald Trumpis holding an official event to air his grievances about social media—and the far right is invited to the party. A number of far-right internet personalities have reportedly been invited to the White House for a “Social Media Summit” on Thursday, which White House deputy press secretary Judd Deere said will “bring together digital leaders for a robust conversation on the opportunities and challenges of today’s online environment.” Among the “digital leaders” present will be social media users who believe in the QAnon conspiracy theory, have shared anti-Semitic cartoons, and have created memes tweeted by Trump—while actual representatives from Facebook and Twitter have reportedly been shut out of the discussions.

Per TalkingPointsMemo, those invited to Thursday's summit include right-wing cartoonist Ben Garrison, whose cartoon of General H.R. McMaster was decried by the Anti-Defamation League as “blatantly anti-Semitic;” broadcaster Bill Mitchell, who has promoted the QAnon conspiracy theory; and Twitter user @CarpeDonktum, whose pro-Trump video memes the president frequently shares on Twitter. (The user was behind the recent video showing Trump's eternal presidency as a TIME Magazine cover, amongothers.) The far right's impending White House presence isn't necessarily anything new, of course; @CarpeDonktum has reportedly had a private Oval Office meeting with the president and fellow far-right tweeter and Summit invitee @mad-liberals. And the far right has even made their way into the White House's staff ranks. CNN reported Monday that Brietbart's White House correspondent Michelle Moons has accepted a position at the White House's Domestic Policy Council, becoming the third Breitbart staffer to join the Trump administration, including former Breitbart owner and Trump adviser Steve Bannon.

The Washington Post reported that the Social Media Summit will also include prominent conservative-leaning organizations, including the Heritage Foundation, Media Research Center, and Turning Point USA. PragerU, a conservative organization that is currently suing Google for perceived “censorship” of its videos about Islam and guns, was also invited to attend. Given these organizations' combative stance toward social media companies, it's likely that Trump will use the gathering to continue his criticism of the tech giants and their supposed "censorship of AMERICAN CITIZENS.” The president and his administration have been ramping up Trump's unsupported claims that social media companies actively silence conservative voices in recent months, publishing an online survey that asked users whether they felt they had been discriminated against online. The president then claimed in a recent Fox News interview that he felt Facebook, Google, and Twitter were “against me” and said the White House “should be suing Google and Facebook and all that,” adding, “perhaps we will.” (Social media companies have taken steps to curb hate speech perpetuated by members of the far right, including banning prominent internet personalities like Milo Yiannopoulos and Alex Jones, and are taking steps toward annotating particularly egregious Trump tweets, though critics believe the companies have not gone far enough. There is no evidence that Twitter silences conservatives as the president claims.)
Trump’s “Social Media Summit” Is a Far-Right Troll Convention

Why is the taxpayer picking up the tab for the Trump campaign's trollfest/PR organizational meeting?

Your thoughts?
 
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President Trump teed off on the news media in a bizarre Twitter rant Thursday morning ahead of a big social media summit at the White House slated for later in the day.

The string of tweets attacked the news media and claimed the industry would go out of business when he leaves office, even suggesting outlets would be forced to endorse him this cycle for the sake of their own survival.

He went on to alternately praise himself, lob insults at familiar targets in the 2020 Democratic field and even joke about serving more than two terms.

“The White House will be hosting a very big and very important Social Media Summit today. Would I have become President without Social Media? Yes (probably)! At its conclusion, we will all go to the beautiful Rose Garden for a News Conference on the Census and Citizenship.” Trump began. “A big subject today at the White House Social Media Summit will be the tremendous dishonesty, bias, discrimination and suppression practiced by certain companies. We will not let them get away with it much longer. The Fake News Media will also be there, but for a limited period.”

The president went on Thursday to slam 2020 Democratic presidential contenders, deploying his nicknames for former Vice President Joe Biden, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Elizabeth Warren -- and suggesting the country would rather have him as president, as he praised his own physical and mental attributes.

“Could you imagine having Sleepy Joe Biden, or @AlfredENeuman99 or a very nervous and skinny version of Pocahontas (1000/24th), as your President, rather than what you have now, so great looking and smart, a true Stable Genius!” Trump tweeted. “Sorry to say that even Social Media would be driven out of business along with, and finally, the Fake News Media!”


The president’s Twitter screed comes as his social media account has been in the headlines. A federal appeals court decision this week said Trump is no longer allowed to block people on Twitter over statements he does not like.

The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals noted that because Trump uses Twitter to communicate with the public about his administration, and his account is open to the public for people to comment on his posts, it warrants constitutional free speech protection under the First Amendment.

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“We do conclude,” the opinion said, “that the First Amendment does not permit a public official who utilizes a social media account for all manner of official purposes to exclude persons from an otherwise‐open online dialogue because they expressed views with which the official disagrees.”

According to court documents, Trump admitted that he blocked the plaintiffs in the case in 2017 after they posted tweets that “criticized him or his policies.” Once they were blocked, they were no longer able to view Trump’s tweets while logged in, and no longer had access to reply to tweets or view comment threads on Trump’s Twitter page.

The First Amendment prohibits government discrimination against a person’s free speech based on their viewpoint. Trump claimed that his Twitter account is private, so the First Amendment should not apply.
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Welp, it's official. There's a lunatic in the Oval Office.
 
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If Trump does nothing, the right wing will be completely silenced from the Internet before the next election (at least the major platforms).
 
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If Trump does nothing, the right wing will be completely silenced from the Internet before the next election (at least the major platforms).
What EVIDENCE do you have to support such a wild accusation? Major social media platforms who WANT to are struggling to prevent their sites from being used to commit or enhance hate crimes. They are struggling to keep Russian bots under control.

But I see absolutely no reason to believe that conservatives' POVs are being forced off the internet.
 
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Oh GAWD :zany: I tried to watch the video but can only take Jim Jordan for about three seconds.

The answer to that question is YES - He's going to defy SCOTUS on the citizenship question by executive order mid afternoon today.

Can you say Constitutional Crisis? I knew you could!

 
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I can't believe they didn't invite Alex Jones :rolleyes:

Donald Trump has invited personalities from across the right-wing internet to the White House on Thursday for a “Social Media Summit,” but the event is causing his administration headaches even before it begins.​
So far, the summit has stirred up resentments among pro-Trump personalities who were never invited to the party, and one invitee has been disinvited over an anti-Semitic cartoon—raising questions for the White House about why he was invited in the first place.​
The White House hasn’t released a public list of attendees for the Thursday afternoon event, but a number of pro-Trump personalities have posted invitations on Twitter. They include Ali Alexander, a right-wing operative pushing a smearthat Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Kamala Harris (CA) isn’t really “an American Black,” a pro-Trump “memesmith” who goes by the screenname “@CarpeDonktum,” and blogger Jim Hoft, whose Gateway Pundit blog frequently promotes hoaxes.​

Trump’s Social Media Summit Mortifies White House, Enrages Far-Right Allies

Still, they're well represented in the troll department.

 
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What EVIDENCE do you have to support such a wild accusation? Major social media platforms who WANT to are struggling to prevent their sites from being used to commit or enhance hate crimes. They are struggling to keep Russian bots under control.

But I see absolutely no reason to believe that conservatives' POVs are being forced off the internet.
Sales pitch is not the product.

Have you not heard of the demonetized content, the shadow banning, and all the other demonstrable ways in which conservative content is disproportionately removed from YouTube, Facebook, twitter, etc...

The crazy part; take an video where a person criticizes LGBT groups for whatever reason, that content is likely to get removed. However, you can still find those Islamic groups throwing lgbt people to their deaths, that's not a problem because you can't be islamophobe.
 
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Oh GAWD :zany: I tried to watch the video but can only take Jim Jordan for about three seconds.

The answer to that question is YES - He's going to defy SCOTUS on the citizenship question by executive order mid afternoon today.

Can you say Constitutional Crisis? I knew you could!

And he'll get away with it. No one will stop him. He'll get away with the EO and he'll get away with tax money paying for a blatantly partisan event in the White House.
 
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Sales pitch is not the product.

Have you not heard of the demonetized content, the shadow banning, and all the other demonstrable ways in which conservative content is disproportionately removed from YouTube, Facebook, twitter, etc...

The crazy part; take an video where a person criticizes LGBT groups for whatever reason, that content is likely to get removed. However, you can still find those Islamic groups throwing lgbt people to their deaths, that's not a problem because you can't be islamophobe.
Yes, I have. Are you arguing that anti-vaxxers, Sandy Hook Hoax promoters and others who actually harm people are ENTITLED to free and full use of privately owned platforms?

Why would you even WANT to include such horrible people in a group of "conservative voices"? Amazon has pulled self-published books that promote drinking bleach to cure autism in children. Are you also complaining about that?