Donald Trump is summoning Silicon Valley executives to the White House this month after raising the prospect of new laws to crack down on alleged bias against conservatives on social media.
During the summit, Trump repeatedly bragged about his large Twitter following.
It became as soon as, as President Trump promised, a colossal and thrilling day on the White Dwelling for Social Media.
As the summit was about to begin on Thursday, Twitter went down for almost an hour.More news: Amazon Music is now growing faster than Spotify and Apple Music
Many representatives from major tech sites such as Google have spent time recently testifying before Congressional committees, where they have issued similar denials, while they continue to suppress conservatives and restrict dissenting opinions with impunity.
He offered no specific proposal but said he was directing his administration "to explore all regulatory and legislative solutions to protect free speech and the free speech of all Americans". "We will not let them get away with it much longer", Trump tweeted.
The White House spokesman said about 130 people would attend, without providing a guest list.
Some of the conservatives that Trump consulted Thursday have adopted controversial tactics on social media - and even have been disciplined by Facebook, Google or Twitter for running afoul of their rules. Kamala Harris by saying she is not an "American black" following the first Democratic presidential debates. He sensationally claimed, without evidence, that Twitter was preventing people from following him.More news: Police issue Amber Alert for 2 boys last seen with grandfather
Among other gaffes, Trump has also spelled the name of his wife wrong, mangled idioms like scot-free , and had his posts spell-checked by Captain America himself, Chris Evans . They were joined by organizations such as the Media Research Center, a conservative group that has called for the breakup of big tech companies, and PragerU, which produces right-leaning videos that it believes Google has censored - a matter the two sides are battling in court.
He will also be inviting members of Congress to the meeting, and perhaps some conservative social media users.
In an early morning series of tweets, Trump said that the focus of the conversation would be "the tremendous dishonesty, bias, discrimination and suppression practiced by certain companies", though he didn't mention any by name. "If I put it out on social media, it's like an explosion".
Speaking to his supporters, Trump repeated his argument of political bias, claiming some activists were blocked or limited on social platforms. We have seen no public response from any of the social media giants and they would be wise to do so with care.More news: Huawei to raise Dollars 1.5 bln to finance in-house development