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Facebook says it wasn't invited to the White House's social media summit

Facebook hasn't received an invite to the White House's upcoming social media summit, the company confirmed on Monday.

The White House last month announced this event for July 11, saying the "opportunities and challenges of today's online environment" would be discussed at the event, which would include "digital leaders," Politico reports. This came on the very same day that President Trump was publicly bashing both Facebook and Twitter, suggesting Facebook should be sued for alleged bias against conservatives and claiming Twitter limits his reach and makes it "very hard for people to join me."

But CNN reported Sunday that both Facebook and Twitter haven't actually been invited to the summit, which the network's sources believe will be more of a "right-wing grievance session" rather than a real attempt to engage with top technology companies. On Monday, a Facebook spokesperson confirmed to Politico's Cristiano Lima that it has indeed not received an invite.

The White House has, however, invited "tech's top conservative critics in politics and media" to the event, The Washington Post reports.