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Facebook, Twitter Reportedly Not Invited for Donald Trump’s Social Media Summit at White House

The summit is likely to address issues relevant to social media, The Hill reported on Sunday, quoting CNN

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Trump in a March tweet accused Facebook, Google and Twitter of being "on the side of the Radical Left Democrats". VOA

The White House has not invited Facebook and Twitter for its Social Media Summit slated to be organized on Tuesday, the media reported, saying this might be because President Donald Trump believes both the platforms censor conservative or Republican views.

The summit is likely to address issues relevant to social media, The Hill reported on Sunday, quoting CNN. The White House has refused to comment.

A Social Media Summit without representation from the giants like Facebook and Twitter cannot be thought of but Trump has frequently blasted them for not respecting Republicans views on their platforms.

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The tool comes in the wake of several Republicans slamming Facebook and Twitter for censoring conservative speech on both the platforms. Pixabay

In his last meeting with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, Trump reportedly questioned the former specifically on why he was losing followers the microblogging platform. The White House recently launched a new tool for people to report if they have been wrongly censored, banned or suspended on Facebook and Twitter.

The tool comes in the wake of several Republicans slamming Facebook and Twitter for censoring conservative speech on both the platforms.

A Twitter spokesperson responded to the tool: “We enforce the Twitter Rules impartially for all users, regardless of their background or political affiliation. We are constantly working to improve our systems and will continue to be transparent in our efforts.”

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US President Donald Trump earlier criticised social media platforms including Facebook and Twitter for anti-conservative bias. VOA

Led by Republican Senator Ted Cruz, who is the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s panel that ripped apart Facebook and Twitter over concerns of bias against conservatives in April this year.

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Cruz has often alleged that Silicon Valley giants were biased against conservatives and routinely censor right-wing voices. Trump in a March tweet accused Facebook, Google and Twitter of being “on the side of the Radical Left Democrats”.

“Social media is totally discriminating against Republican/Conservative voices. Speaking loudly and clearly for the Trump Administration, we won’t let that happen,” Trump said last year. “They are closing down the opinions of many people on the right, while at the same time doing nothing to others,” he added. (IANS)

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Social Media Giant Facebook Rolls Out Meme-Making App ‘Whale’

Facebook has quietly rolled out a meme-making app called 'Whale' on the Canadian App Store

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Facebook quietly launched meme-making app Whale. Pixabay

Social media giant Facebook has quietly rolled out a meme-making app called ‘Whale’ on the Canadian App Store that may come to other markets including in India later.

The app’s listing confirms that it has been developed by Facebook’s New Product Experimentation (NPE) team, which was set up earlier this year to develop new experimental apps for the social networking platform that has over 2.6 billion users globally.

‘Whale’ is the latest app from NPE, after music app ‘AUX’ and chat app ‘Bump’, reports The Information.

According to Facebook, these apps are intended to help the company discover new features and services that people like.

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According to Facebook, these apps are intended to help the company discover new features. Pixabay

Facebook is slowly launching apps in new genres beyond chats to woo more users and open new avenues to make money.

Facebook-owned Instagram has also launched a new video-music remix feature called “Reels” to take on Chinese short video making app TikTok.

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“Just like TikTok, users can soundtrack their ‘Reels’ with a huge catalog of music, or borrow the audio from anyone else’s video to create a remix of their meme or joke.

Rolled out in the Brazilian market first, “Reels” will be available on both iOS and Android. (IANS)