President Trump's social media summit was a spectacle. Here are the real takeaways for Big Tech.
Beyond the circus-like atmosphere of the White House social media summit, the conference had serious implications for Silicon Valley. It highlighted how President Donald Trump's attacks on Big Tech are creating more political jeopardy for the tech companies in Washington:
- The White House says more scrutiny is on the way, as tech companies will be required to attend a future White House event.
- Congressional Republicans' efforts might start with Sen Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), as she's moving ahead with a task force to study tech giants and "find answers to the issues of privacy and data security", as well as competition.
- Privacy concerns about Big Tech: Conservatives heard from House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), a longtime critic of tech giants' content moderation decisions. But he touched not just on bias but privacy, reiterating a belief that consumers should own their personal data -- and that Congress may need to legislate.
- Sen Josh Hawley (R-MO) got air time for his push to overhaul Section 230, a legal shield that protects tech platforms from liability for content people post on their sites.
- But the summit could make it harder for Republicans to work across the aisle on tech isues. Democrats sharply criticized the Trump administration for inviting controversial conservative provocateurs who are known for targeting President Trump's opponents with inflammatory tweets and misleading videos.
Trump's social media summit was a spectacle. Here are the real takeaways for Big Tech.