Headline RoundupJuly 12th, 2019

Social Media Summit Draws Wide Range of Coverage

Summary from the AllSides News Team

The 'Social Media Summit' hosted by President Donald Trump at the White House on Thursday made headlines throughout the country, prompting a wide variation of coverage and reactions.

Most outlets covering the story acknowledged that Trump invited conservative website owners and pundits while excluding social media giants like Facebook and Twitter. Specific descriptions of the guests varied; some voices on the left labeled the group as "right-wing extremists" or "conservative activists", and some on the right called them "far-right firebrands" or "social media provocateurs." Some left-leaning outlets ran fact-checks on Trump's summit speeches, while others on the right focused coverage on some of the event's little-known guests.

Outlets with center ratings focused on Trump's specific criticisms of big social media companies and recent Senate hearings regarding anti-conservative bias online.

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