“We’re not going to be silenced,” Trump said in response to his follower count. “Big tech must not censor the voices.”
After the media left, Bluey says the event included a few discussions, notably a panel with conservative social media personalities Diamond & Silk and White House counselor Kellyanne Conway.
President Trump then took around 10 questions from the audience, Bluey says, however there were “no surprises.”
Those questions “followed pretty closely with the sentiment of his remarks,” he says. Some were related to doing a better job of amplifying other conservative voices.”
President Trump often repeats the debunked claim that Twitter is unfairly censoring people from following him. When asked whether The Heritage Foundation believes this is the case, Bluey says he isn’t sure.
“I don’t know that I have enough information to make an accurate assessment to be honest. One of the challenges is conservatives aren’t the only ones complaining about social media bias,” he says. “There are people on the left who have complained as well.”
The event has also been criticized for bringing right-wing trolls to the White House. Carpe Donktum, a conservative meme creator who describes himself as “Eternally Sarcastic Memesmith specializing in the creation of memes to support President Donald J. Trump,” was one of the attendees.
“They may have been there, but the room was packed,” Bluey says.
The Heritage Foundation sent five representatives to the event. While the theme was discussing issues with the social media giants, Bluey says the afternoon also felt like an opportunity to recognize the attendees as active participants on social media.