Last week, President Trump hosted social media influencers, policy makers, conservative organizations, and others who’ve spoken out about bias on digital platforms at the White House’s Social Media Summit.
Notably absent, however, were representatives from Facebook and Twitter. Bill Ottman, the CEO of Minds, was invited.
Here is the video of Trump’s remarks during the summit:
Those in attendance included Live Action president Lila Rose, Project Veritas’ James O’Keefe, former VICE reporter Tim Pool, Republican lawmakers, conservative think tanks representatives, and others.
Several summit attendees responded to inquiries from The Resurgent about their experiences at last week’s summit.
“If legendary muckrakers like Lincoln Steffens and Ida Tarbell can work alongside Teddy Roosevelt to expose and reform Big Oil, Veritas can be synergistic with the Trump administration to pull back the curtain surrounding Big Tech,” said James O’Keefe, founder of Project Veritas.
In another email to The Resurgent he added, “In the last few days alone we’ve heard from insiders at technology companies all around the world that want to blow the whistle on censorship, privacy violations, and other abuses. This is the new normal!”
During her speech at the summit, Live Action president Lila Rose thanked President Trump for hosting the timely event.
“We have been for four years banned from doing any advertising on Twitter, and they told us that in order to reinstate our accounts, we’d have to stop calling for the defunding of Planned Parenthood and stop sharing our pro-life content,” Rose said.
She noted that platforms like Twitter allow abortion entities to advertise without retribution. She also discussed how Pinterest banned her organization from the platform on the pretext of spreading “conspiracy theories” and misinformation about abortion.
Rose added, “This double standard and bias is a growing problem in Big Tech, even though they say that they are politically neutral and they don’t discriminate.”
Following the summit, she tweeted about her participation and said coverage was biased at best.
It’ll be interesting to see if Big Tech will resolve any discrepancies or if Congress will resort to action on Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA).