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Trump hosts "social media summit" for conservatives without tech giants — live updates


 President Trump is hosting what the White House is calling a "social media summit" Thursday afternoon with conservative guests that's largely closed to the press Representatives from tech giants like Google, Facebook and Twitter have not been invited  Mr Trump launched into an airing of grievances against social media companies like Twitter, complaining that his Twitter followers fluctuates He also invited others on stage to air grievances against social media companies, including Sen Josh Hawley, a Republican who has called for stricter regulations of tech companies to avoid censorship   The White House released a list of attendees but only included government officials — not any of the other guests, including controversial guests, invited and in attendance Among the invited guests Thursday are Turning Point USA's Charlie Kirk, pundit Ben Shapiro, Florida GOP Rep Matt Gaetz, Project Veritas founder James O'Keefe and other outspoken hardline conservative icons    The president praised the way the social media personalities before him have the ability to break through traditional news outlets Twitter had an outage shortly before the president's event, but was functioning by the time Mr Trump began speaking

  It's unclear if the president intends to impose stricter regulations on tech companies, but a handful of Republicans have called for more government intervention to make sure social media companies don't censor speech — a shift from past Republican stances against further government intervention in companies   After he addresses the social media conference, the president will hold a press conference on the citizenship question and the census As CBS News has reported, the president will announce he's taking an executive action related to the citizenship question and the 2020 census   Sara Cook contributed to this report

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