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July 11, 2019

Irony is dead, and the culprit is the White House's social media summit.

Trump on Thursday brought a slew of right-wing internet personalities, QAnon believers, and disinformation spreaders at the White House for his summit, notably not inviting the biggest companies in the social media sphere. And scattered around what one attendee described to CNN as "a bunch of people in a room talking about social media," there were, yes, Trump's tweets printed on giant posterboard.

Trump seems to have borrowed the same printer as congressmembers who break out floor charts in their respective chambers, using it to produce a downright meta display. One Trump tweet from 2012 notably read "Thanks- many are saying I'm the best 140 character writer in the world. It's easy when it's fun."

Also around the room were definitions of some of the internet right's favorite terms, including "doxing" and "shadow banning." And just like the information you find on social media, those definitions weren't exactly accurate. Kathryn Krawczyk

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