The profound, unforgiving stupidity of Donald Trump's social media summit - 2019-07-11
Consider a few important, but seemingly unrelated moments from history: The creation of the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States; the rise of Twitter and social media; the election of Donald Trump; the rise of the alt-right; 4Chan and 8Chan; the Republican party.
All of these timelines converged today at the White House with President Donald Trump's official social media summit, where right-wing trolls were invited to complain about alleged-censorship and media bias. For nearly an hour, Trump spoke to a room of very paranoid and very online conservatives, including memesmith Carpe Dunktum, the double felon who disseminated the "Kamala Harris isn't black" hoax, Ali Alexander, and QAnon conspiracy amplifier Bill Mitchell. During the event, the President complained that Twitter and other social media platforms conspire against him, accused Democrats of being communists, and tried to fight a fly.
It was the latest charge in a long-running conservative campaign to frame technology companies as biased against Republicans. There isn't firm data to suggest this is true—in fact many of the claims are so patently ridiculous and obviously untrue that they betray a profound misunderstanding of how these platforms even work—but that has not stopped right-wingers from spinning unverifiable anecdotes into vast conspiracies.