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In Wake of Tech Scandals, WH Plans to Host Digital Leaders Next Month

Gabriella Hoffman
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The Wall Street Journal is reporting the White House will host a Social Media Summit on July 11, 2019, to allow “robust discussion” on the issues.

Here’s more on the summit and what it’ll entail:

The White House will host “digital leaders” for a meeting next month amid President Donald Trump’s escalating attacks on Google, Facebook and Twitter.

The Social Media Summit set for July 11 will focus on the “opportunities and challenges of today’s online environment,” White House spokesperson Judd Deere said.

Deere did not answer questions about who is invited to the event.

The announcement came the same day Trump said the federal government should file lawsuits against some of the tech giants. The president has accused Google, Facebook and Twitter of being biased against him and other conservatives — a charge the companies have repeatedly denied.

This comes after President Trump told Fox Business platforms like Google and Facebook are trying to “rig the election” against him.

POLITICO also noted both Facebook and Google declined comment on the upcoming summit.

Last month, the White House announced they would open up a portal for social media users to report concerns with censorship, bias, and other fishy practices.

As Resurgent’s Stacey Lennox notes, creators may soon have to get brave. Americans will hear more about Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act and whether or not tech companies will face regulations if they act as publishers or platforms.

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