The White Announced on Wednesday that it would be holding social media summit next month as criticism for its use in daily life, the economy, and politics continue to grow.
White House spokesman Judd Deere said on Wednesday that it would “bring together digital leaders for a robust conversation on the opportunities and challenges of today’s online environment. However, no one has indicated just who have been invited or who is expected to accept such an invitation.
President Trump has long been critical of social media, saying that many internet and big tech companies are extremely biased against conservatives and him in particular.
However, he is not the only one to think so.
Antitrust officials in both the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission have begun to focus on big tech companies and the role their products play in the current economy, with many believing that federal antitrust laws are being broken.
And while official antitrust investigations have not been announced, it was reported earlier in the month that the Justice Department would be looking into Apple and Google. The Federal Trade Commission or FTC would at the same time be handling leads on Amazon and Facebook. It seems this may be the first step in what may be a long and detailed effort to ensure the integrity of such companies and others like them.
In addition, members of Congress are concerned about the kind of material that some social media giants have recently allowed on their platforms. Executives from three major social media firms have already faced questioning this week from a US House Homeland Security Committee about what they plan to do to ensure that political bias and extremist content will be removed before they are made public.
And even though, most of this content is backed by liberal supporters and is meant to forward their agenda, even some Democrats are noticing a wrong that needs to be righted.
Democrat Representative Bennie Thompson, who chairs the House committee is one. During a hearing on Wednesday, he cited the live-streaming of an attack in Christchurch, New Zealand that was found on Facebook. The incident occurred at two mosques and left 51 people dead and another 49 wounded.
He says social media companies need to do more to prevent content such as this “from spreading on your platforms again,” and adds “hate speech and harmful misinformation” must be kept from their platforms.
Even some Democratic White House hopefuls are calling for an end to large tech companies like Apple, Amazon, Facebook, and Google.
The belief that much of the media is considerably biased has even launched a survey about social media in which people were asked to report on instances of bias on social media. This survey began in May and is no longer being conducted.
Twitter seems to be already taking steps in the right direction as it began purging a large number of accounts that were deemed as suspicious that could be fakes or bots. This started in July of 2018, and as a result, many famous people, including President Trump, have seen a tremendous drop in followers. According to data from Keyhole, a social media firm, Trump lost nearly 204,000 followers last July.
It is recorded that Trump’s account, @realDonaldTrump, currently has more than 61 million followers on Twitter, one of the largest accounts in service.
This year, Trump has met with both the CEO of Google and the CEO of Twitter to discuss their media platforms and how they are currently being used. According to the president, both meetings have gone well.
The social media summit is scheduled to take place on July 11th.