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Author Topic: A classless confrontation just erupted in the Rose Garden during Trump’s “social  (Read 35 times)

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A classless confrontation just erupted in the Rose Garden during Trump’s “social media summit”

https://washingtonpress.com/2019/07/11/a-classless-confrontation-just-erupted-in-the-rose-garden-during-trumps-social-media-summit/

President Trump held an absolute travesty of a “summit” today by inviting a rogues’ gallery of fringe internet trolls, professional grievance artists, and right-wing grifters to the seat of American power, the White House.

The event became a scandal as soon as it was announced and the execrable guest list released. In the face of widespread backlash, the administration disinvited anti-semitic conspiracy theorist cartoonist Ben Garrison. From this inauspicious start, things were fated to get even worse.

Photos of the “social media summit” have emerged and they’re every bit as pathetic as one would expect. One shows a printed out and enlarged Trump tweet from 2012, a sad reminder that our president’s unhealthy social media habit has been around for quite some time now. Other photos display definitions of words like “deplatforming” and “shadow banning,” buzzwords that fit into the unfounded right-wing complaints that conservatives are being treated unfairly on social media.

The far simpler explanation is that right-wingers are the users most likely to share racist or otherwise offensive messages online, which in turn violate the terms of service for most websites and lead to punitive action. There is no reason to believe these people are being targeted for partisan reasons.

 

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