President Donald Trump is hosting a social-media summit at the White House on Thursday, but social-media companies like Twitter and Facebook aren’t invited.
Instead, the White House invited a variety of controversial right-leaning figures.
From an anonymous pro-Trump meme maker to a popular conspiracy theorist, these are some of the people confirmed to attend Thursday’s event.
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The White House is hosting what it’s calling a “social-media summit” on Thursday, but the event won’t include any social-media companies.
Instead, the event will focus on “tremendous dishonesty, bias, discrimination and suppression practiced by certain companies,” according to President Donald Trump.
The White House declined repeated requests from Business Insider for the full guest list. However, the liberal-leaning nonprofit Media Matters reported that it would include some of the most prominent names in right-leaning internet activism.
While companies like Facebook and Twitter weren’t invited to the White House meeting, a variety of controversial conservative social media stars apparently were: the conservative conspiracy theorist and internet personality Bill Mitchell and a pro-Trump meme maker who goes by the name “Carpe Donktum,” among more traditional conservative voices like Sen. Marsha Blackburn and Rep. Matt Gaetz.
Here are some of the attendees, according to Media Matters:
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Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk:
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