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SPLC statement on White House social media summit

The Trump administration’s social media summit today is a gathering of groups and individuals who have no business at the White House.

By hosting guests that include conspiracy theorists and extremists, President Trump continues to support and normalize hate speech targeting immigrants, Muslims, Jews, the LGBTQ+ community, and others. Referring to such individuals and the groups they represent — many of whom have had their content removed, restricted or banned from social media platforms — as “digital leaders” only legitimizes the hateful rhetoric they spread online.

For years we’ve watched social media serve as a gateway to radicalization and, far too often, real-life violence. Bringing these groups together is beyond irresponsible; it is essentially conducting a hate summit at the White House.

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