Thursday, July 11, 2019

White House social media summit overplayed by "both sides" as a right-wing-troll event; it is not


OK, here is the best that I can find on the White House “alternative” social media summit, link

Trump called the attendees “journalists and influencers” and challengers of the establishment.
  
Most media reports claim that only far-right persons were invited.  That does not seem to be true.  First, the “dangerous individuals” banned by Facebook were not included. Major media platforms were not invited, but that could be because they have all met with Trump recently already (Jack Dorsey of Twitter has). Later Trump said he will have another meeting that invites "everybody". 

Tim Pool, whose positions are moderate, even mainstream Democratic (as of three years ago) but makes a point of attacking identarianism (on both sides).  David Pakman is not there but would have made a good invite.

Pool’s twitter feed shows some posters from the meeting (demonetization, etc). 

Vox has articles by Emily Stewart and Peter Kafka, who (for Recode) called it a “big troll”. 

Ben Makuch of Vice called Tim Pool a right-winger (Pool used to work for Vice) and said that Minds is favored by neo-Nazis, which is a great exaggeration to say the least.  It is a “free speech” site with a jury system to deal with complaints.

Tim Pool discusses the attempts to “smear” him:


A female speaker talked about James Damore’s firing and what she called blackballing by Silicon Valley.

Another speaker said that her group was banned from Twitter and Pinterest, and Twitter would not allow them back on if they did not stop calling for defunding of Planned Parenthood.

I wanted to mention another trend.  I am getting more and more “direct” requests to become involved in causes or situations where I don’t think I have anything of my own to offer – mainly on Facebook.
   
    I think Facebook is heading in a direction where it wants to discourage people who just want to use the platform to disseminate news, however critical, and want people to break barriers (across class, race, religion, gender or sexuality) and interact more than they would have thought appropriate according to the mores of the past. I actually don’t like to be asked to intervene in personal situations that are unfamiliar and that was a problem when I worked as a substitute teacher.

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