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White House to Organize US Tech Firms Summit in July Amid Rising Questions from Congress

The White House declared on Wednesday it will keep a summit on social media in July amid rising criticism from President Donald Trump and some in Congress. The White House didn’t mention who would join in the July 11 meeting and leading social media companies did not instantly confirm they would attend. White House spokesperson Judd Deere suggested the gathering would “bring together digital leaders for a sturdy conversation on the alternatives and challenges of today’s online setting.”

U.S. politicians, led by Trump, have always used social media to attempt to go around conventional media and address voters directly using social media.

Trump, who has over 61 million Twitter followers, on Wednesday replaced his regular strikes on Twitter suggesting without providing proof in an interview on television that Twitter makes it “very hard for folks to connect with me at Twitter … and they make it very much tougher for me to get out the message.

Twitter did not instantly comment while Facebook rejected to touch upon the summit Wednesday. Alphabet Inc’s Google division did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

At a U.S. House Homeland Security Committee ruling Wednesday, executives from the three leading social media corporations face questioned about efforts to eradicate extremist content and claimed political bias

Representative Bennie Thompson, a Democrat who chairs the committee, cited the live-streaming of an assault that killed 51 individuals and wounded 49 at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, on Facebook and stated social media firms have to go an extra mile to prevent such content “from spreading on your platforms again.” He said they need to additionally do a better job maintaining “hate speech and dangerous misinformation off their platforms.”

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