You will most likely not see Facebook and Twitter in attendance during the White House Social Media Summit this week. Even though both platforms are the major players in social media services.
While that may be a speculation, we also want to remember that right-wing commentators who have complained of anti-conservative bias and censorship on social media have been duly invited to attend the summit. The Washington Post reported so, while adding that Facebook and Twitter, two of the giant players in social media services are yet to receive invitations for the summit.
Both Facebook and Twitter have been in clash with US president Trump and his administration. In April, Trump met with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and complained about how they removed many of his followers. Moreover, there were issues of shadow banning and actual banning of far-right organizations and individuals on the site.
Though Facebook provided support for Trump during his campaign, it later pulled down campaign ads which it said went against it community policy and banned far-right users like Alex Jones.
Recall that Facebook and Twitter were among the group of 50 global brands who denounced Trump’s anti-trans position at the beginning of the year. There is an ongoing perception among Republicans that Silicon Valley companies have an anti-conservative bias.
We suspect it could be the reason they were not invited for the summit, but its a little more worrisome how holding a social media summit without inviting the key players will help address social media disturbing issues.